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June 23, 2014

How Much Leverage Does Arne Duncan Still Have Over Race to the Top States?

It's a timely question, given that there's been a lot of action in Race to the Top states over the last week that could spark big changes to states' overall plans.

June 18, 2014

What Tolkien Wished He Had Told His Teachers

"One is seldom comforted by knowing when one has had some effect," Tolkien wrote to a new teacher in a recently discovered letter.

June 17, 2014

Most Teacher Preparation Falls Short on Strategies for ELLs, NCTQ Finds

The organization's second annual review of preparation programs finds few places that adequately prepare teachers for addressing the language and literacy needs of English-learners.

June 15, 2014

Tenure Is Neither the Problem nor the Solution

Teachers cannot work at the "whim" of a board or leader. School faculties cannot be turned over every time a leader changes. Employment cannot be threatened every time a teacher speaks out in support of an unpopular idea or against a policy or disciplines a child or doesn't pick the "right" child for the play or team.

June 11, 2014

Report Calls For Clarity on Ownership of Teachers' Digital Content

To promote innovation, states and districts need clear policies on how teacher-created digital lessons are copyrighted and licensed, according to a new report.

June 10, 2014

NCLB Not So Negative for Teachers, Study Says

A new study finds that NCLB has had a limited influence on teachers' perceptions of their jobs.

June 10, 2014

Teachers Turn to Each Other to Select Digital Learning Games, Survey Finds

Nearly half of the teachers who use games said that "what other teachers say" about a given game was the most important factor in the selection process.

June 10, 2014

Standards, Assessment, Evaluation: Now Is the Time for a Thank You

To maintain an environment built upon teachers' care and concern about the wellbeing of their students, care and concern need to return to the conversation.

June 09, 2014

Lessons From Educators on the Big Screen: Part III

It may be true that Hollywood tends to glamorous things and turn true stories into not-so-true ones for the screen, but there are also a lot of impactful films that serve a purpose. In the case of teachers, Hollywood has produced some great examples of lessons that are integral to strong educators. Last week I mentioned six of my favorites that fall into this category, and today I want to add my final three.

June 06, 2014

Lessons From Educators on the Big Screen: Part II

For better or worse, films influence people. While known for exaggeration, I do feel like the best-made films contribute something to society at large. In the case of movies where excellence in teaching is the star, there is a lot to be gleaned - whether for first time or veteran teachers.

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