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January 17, 2014

An Authentic Independent School/Public School Teacher Dialogue: Might We?

The folks behind last night's Twitter chat believe the time has come to act on the apparent enthusiasm for--need for, I would even say--some grass-roots, teacher-to-teacher connectedness between our sometimes rarefied world and those who work in public schools.

January 15, 2014

Teachers Avoid Social Media Use for Classroom Learning, Survey Finds

Many teachers are using social networking in their personal lives, but not for teaching purposes because of concerns about negative repercussions, a new survey says.

January 10, 2014

Coming to TV: Good Teacher, 'Bad Teacher'

Two new TV shows, one on the Hallmark Channel, the other coming to CBS, spotlight the teaching profession from very different perspectives.

January 08, 2014

Taking a Break From Blogging

I have decided to suspend my blog indefinitely while I concentrate on helping my home state of North Carolina regain its reputation for great public schools supported by thoughtful public school policy.

January 03, 2014

New Year's Week Roundup of School Choice News

New York City education chancellor selected, North Carolina teachers' attitudes toward vouchers revealed, and implications of Indiana's pre-K vouchers outlined.

January 03, 2014

For NYC Schools, the Ultimate New Year's Resolution

What would be the biggest game-changer when it comes to American public education? And what if we tried it in New York City? Sam Chaltain has a New Year's resolution for the new mayor.

January 03, 2014

The Call to Teach: Urban Legends

Strong teaching in America's urban schools is the key to overcoming dropout and achievement gap issues. With the right guidance, urban K-12 students can rise above their circumstances to be stand-outs in academics. They may even return the favor as teachers themselves one day. For urban teachers to succeed, however, they need more support and encouragement from their industry, government and society as a whole.

December 27, 2013

New Dallas Cowboys Backup Quarterback Donating NFL Salary to High School

An injury to the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback opened the door this week for a high school math teacher to temporarily make his way back into the NFL.

December 23, 2013

D.C. Schools Disclose Errors in Teacher Evaluations; Union Wants Answers

Scores were wrong for only a small fraction of teachers, the school system says, but the president of the Washington Teachers Union says she is "deeply disturbed" by the information.

December 18, 2013

The Call to Teach: The Role of Technology

Love it or hate it, today's teachers must embrace technology as a way of life in their classrooms. Resistance is futile at this point so educators must find a balance between the flash of technology and its practical benefits in the learning process.

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