July 2012 Archives

A wrap-up of events on the penultimate day of the AFT convention

AFT passes a resolution saying standardized testing should be used to improve teaching, not sanction students or teachers.

The AFT approves a new mission statement.

Randi Weingarten proposes that her affiliates look for efforts that are more solution-oriented.

The AFT's convention is a far different animal than the NEA's. Here's why.

Live coverage of the 2012 AFT convention begins July 27.

Chicago's school district will add nearly an hour of additional time to the school day, but it won't require teachers themselves to work longer days, under the terms of an tentative agreement struck between the district and the Chicago Teachers' Union.

Too often, the officials charged with evaluating Tennessee teachers on their practices have failed to properly identify and help low-performing teachers, concludes a report by the Tennessee department of education on the implementation of its statewide teacher evaluation system.

In 2007-08, states spent an estimated $14.8 billion rewarding teachers for earning master's degrees.

A new study suggests teacher effectiveness may be portable across schools of different poverty levels.

By guest blogger Liana Heitin This item originally appeared on Education Week Teacher's Teaching Now blog. The search for reliable methods of gauging teacher effectiveness—a dominant education policy issue over the last several years—has centered on classroom observation tools and value-added measures. But another potential indicator has emerged and is starting to pick up momentum: student surveys. Yesterday, a roomful of teachers, administrators, representatives from education organizations, and policy wonks gathered in Washington to discuss the use of student feedback in improving teacher practice. The Center for American Progress event coincided with the release of a report finding...

Though he didn't show up in person, President Obama thanked the union for its support in a telephone call to the union's convention this afternoon.

An NEA report details what happens with the new business approved at each year's convention.

NEA maintains a requirement that 75 percent of committee positions be staffed by teachers.

Delegates to the National Education Association's 2012 convention today swiftly removed from consideration a new business item that would have called for the removal of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

A summary of resolutions discussed by the NEA at its 2012 convention.

Vice President Joe Biden rallied delegates with a rousing speech, but President Obama's absence was still conspicuous.

This post originally appeared on Education Week Teacher's Teaching Now blog. Campaign rally or Representative Assembly? At some points yesterday it was hard to tell. The 8,000 or so delegates of the nation's largest teachers' union gathered in Washington for their annual convention heard one message above all others: Vote for Obama in November. Just outside the assembly hall, attendees traded off Sharpees to write notes to the president on a massive banner entitled "NEA Educators for Obama." A portrait of Obama and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel hung above the hall entrance. The RA began in its usual ...

The NEA's priorities include reelecting President Obama and improving teacher professionalism.

The National Education Association has lost more than 100,000 members, and expects to lose even more in the future.

NEA makes its first payouts from its rejuvenated Ballot Initiative/Legislative Crisis fund.


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