Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas

Angela Valenzuela (based at UT) founded the "Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas" blogsite.  It is self-described as "This blog on Texas education contains posts on accountability, testing, dropouts, bilingual education, immigration, school finance, race, class, and gender issues with additional focus at the national level. This blog reflects the work and contributions of both University of Texas Professor Angela Valenzuela and UT Education, Policy and Planning graduate student, Patricia Lopez."  Some recent posts include
  • Success Obscured by Controversy
  • Sacramento-area schools use race-based assemblies ...
  • Study Cites Dire Economic Impact of Poor School
  • Universities asked to establish more Center for Me...
  • 'Pathways' option for dropouts
  • Court weighs state's duty to English learners


    SA History Blog

    KENS Channel 5 television has a history blog of San Antonio - SA History.  Chris Marrou is the reporter.  Marrou files stories weekly at about 300 words in length with two or more graphics each.  The images are from diverse repositories and services.  The stories are often spurred by a story of modern times with a historical connection, eg.,.
    Thanks, Chris and Belo.  More newspapers should capitalize on their information resources this way. http://www.beloblog.com/KENS5/sahistory/  

    San Antonio Remembers

       San Antonio Public Library's  Texas / Genealogy departmental Texana staff started a blog last February called "San Antonio Remembers."  It combines at least 5 identifiable components:  selected typical images (photos, posters, etc.), newspaper clippings, a "this day in San Antonio history," occasional interpretative essaylets of the material, and occasional gestures to San Antonio snippets on other webpages.  It's a good combination.  A particular bright point is their ability to insert photo slide shows as well as single photographs.  The website  is more dynamic and useful.  I do suggest that they adopt a logo for easy visual remembrance.  Maybe they'll be able to provide short lists of new SA books (librarians are like that).  Congratulations! 
    This continuing sharing of SAPL's material is admirable.  Instead of hiding behind procedures, policies, prices, and protocols, they've found an easy way of promoting the institution and increasing the public's awareness of this public commodity, enabling users to use the material in this fashion, to solicit public infomation about the collection, and demonstrate SAPL's genuine desire and ability to serve the public while maintaining the material's physical integrity.   They also do a good job of tagging the entries.
    Other Texana collections are advised to see SAPL's work for possible emulation.


    SFA Tides Blog

    My Photo     Stephen F. Austin State University's successful TIDES program to assist teachers and students now has its own blog at http://tidessfasu.blogspot.com/ in addition to its regular site http://tides.sfasu.edu/

    TIDES: Teaching, Images, & Digital Experiences

    Its self-description : "Providing a free database of primary source documents, lesson plans for educators, and virtual expeditions while building community partnerships and preserving the history and culture of East Texas and beyond."