February 2012 Archives

How can substantial resources and innovative technologies transform your professional learning? As part of a teacher delegation with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), I attended the recent Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching & Teachers Conference sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It's this question of resources and transformation that I'm thinking about as I watch a panel presentation about the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project. The purpose of this $45 million dollar project is to better understand what effective teaching looks like. As part of just one component of the data collection, teachers are given tools to videotape ...


Two important education related news events occurred this week. On Wednesday, February 15th, the US Department of Education (ED) launched Project RESPECT. The day before on Tuesday, February 14th, in Virginia, the State Senate defeated the proposal to end teacher tenure protections where teachers could be arbitrarily dismissed without demonstrating just cause. While both news events relate to different levels of governance, these events will be inevitably interconnected for future education discussions. The US Department of Education's Project RESPECT is an acronym for Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching. Video streaming by Ustream At Wednesday's Teacher Town Hall, ...


Marsha Ratzel is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches middle school math and science in Kansas. Her blog, Reflections of a Techie, focuses on technology integration in the classroom. Last month at the Center for Teaching Quality, I had the opportunity to meet with Marsha and the 22 NBCTs from North Carolina and Kentucky who are piloting curriculum tools to support the Common Core Standards. As with any movement that brings change to the classroom, there are opportunities and challenges for teacher leadership. Marsha's discusses her thoughts on teacher leadership and the Common Core in this week's guest post. ...


Do you remember seeing your first portrayal of teachers? I do. As a child, I remember Charlie Brown's teacher portrayed in the comics and cartoons. Then there was Ben Stein from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Remember? Anyone? Does the public image and portrayal of teachers affect the prestige of the teaching profession? Suzanne Labarre, a senior editor at Co.Design, asks "Could a Rebranding Help Give Teachers the Prestige They Deserve?" It's a crappy time to be a teacher. The budget cuts. The overcrowded classrooms. The infuriating constraints of No Child Left Behind. To add insult to injury, teachers just ...


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