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February 14, 2014

Superstar Teachers - The Super Cure for Closing the Achievement Gap?

I also think it is unfair to count on, or to blame, teachers solely for the performance of their students. Yes, they play a role in shaping the young minds in their classrooms and yes, they should be held accountable for that. It seems to me that the root of issues in classrooms that tend to cause the most problems for students (like poverty and ill-equipped or uninvolved parents) should be the target of any true reform.

February 13, 2014

Leading with Teacher Innovation

The viral adoption of web and mobile learning tools, apps, and resources is probably the most important trend in education over the last three years—it's less discussed than the Common Core State Standards but has had a bigger impact on classroom practice. There are hundreds of thousands of teachers off and running, using the digital resources they can find and encouraging kids to do the same.

February 06, 2014

Matt Damon: Why Cut Teachers Out of Ed. Policy?

Matt Damon stopped by Reddit today for an Ask-Me-Anything session, and took the opportunity to reproach certain kinds of education reform.

February 05, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds N.Y.C. Liability Over Teacher Test

New York City schools could face civil-rights liability for a teacher-certification test's racially disparate impact on black and Latino test-takers, a federal appeals court holds.

January 27, 2014

D.C. Teacher to Be Obama Guest at State of the Union

Kathy Hollowell-Makle, a former member of Teach For America, will be one of Michelle Obama's guests at the annual address.

January 27, 2014

Calif. Lawsuit on Teacher Protections Could Have Big Impact on Districts

The potentially precedent-setting trial in Los Angeles features plaintiffs seeking to overturn seniority, tenure, and dismissal procedures.

January 24, 2014

Comparing Teaching Conditions in Charter vs. Regular Schools

A study controls for teachers' background characteristics to arrive at a better understanding of the differences between teachers' experiences in charters and traditional public schools in one Texas district.

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.

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