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Personal Teacher Salary Data Goes Online

The salary of every public school employee in Ohio is now searchable to the public via an online database, reports the Dayton Daily News.


National Online Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Three finalists for the National Online Teacher of the Year Award were announced yesterday by the Southern Regional Education Board and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.


After Newtown: 'Feels Like a New Era'

Can schools heighten safety precautions in schools without distressing students and teachers?


The Latest in School Safety: Bullet-Resistant Dry-Erase Boards

Plenty of PR pitches for classroom products come our way, but this one for "bullet-resistant dry erase boards" got the office talking.


Will Digital 'Textbooks' Change Teaching?

Comprising videos, customizable assignments and activities, and test-administration functionality, the latest generation of digital textbooks seem, according to those in the know, less like textbooks than entire courses in and of themselves.


Principal's Value-Added Score Oops

A Florida middle school principal accidentally emailed her teachers' evaluation scores to the entire school staff--value-added measures and all.


Should Teachers Resist the Common Core?

English teacher David Cohen senses a growing disconnect between the education activists who oppose the Common Core State Standards wholesale and working K-12 teachers who are doing their best implement the standards constructively.


QR Codes as Classroom Tools

Monica Burns offers what amounts to a classroom teacher's ode to QR ("quick response") codes, in this Edutopia blog post.


Seattle Teacher Explains Test Protest

In an op-ed published last week, Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle explains why he and his colleagues are refusing to administer the the Measures of Academic Progress benchmarking exam.


Teacher: Stop Saying 'Digital Natives'

Teacher Bill Ferriter argues that the use of terms "digital natives" and "digital immigrants" has "done more harm than good" in education.


Senator: Arming Teachers Not a 'Perfect' Solution

In response to President Obama's executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky—like some other legislators—is advocating arming teachers.


Finalists Announced for 2013 National Teacher of the Year

The four finalists for the 2013 National Teacher of the Year have just been announced by the Council of Chief State School Officers.


Research Review: Teacher Expectations Matter

A research review by the Education Commission of the States finds that teachers' expectations—often based on factors including race, ethnicity, and family income levels—can significantly affect students' academic performance.


Know a Great History Teacher?

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY, and Preserve America are now accepting nominations for the National History Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes accomplished K-12 American history teachers.


Gallup: Student Engagement Drops With Each Grade

With every year that passes between 5th and 12th grade, the number of students who are engaged with school declines steadily.


Analyst: Teachers Aren't Getting Enough Training in Data Use

A follow up on the question of how well teachers are being trained to make use of all the student data they are now receiving.


The Student-Data Overload

For most teachers today getting enough student data is no longer a problem. Knowing what to do with all of it is.


Sample Common-Core Test Items Inspire Worry, Hope

While teachers are getting to know and becoming more comfortable with the Common Core State Standards, many still feel the presence of a dark, amorphous cloud hanging over them: the assessments.


National-Board Certifications Hit 100K Mark

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 4,980 teachers earned national-board certification in 2012, pushing the total number of educators who hold the advanced professional certification to more than 100,000. In its announcement, the NBPTS also highlighted a recent report by Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research showing that teachers with national-board certification in Los Angeles outperformed their peers on the basis of student standardized-test scores in math and English. The report echoes two other recent research studies on the effectiveness of board-certified teachers, according to the NBPTS. The organization reports there are now ...


Latest Curriculum Craze: Making Stuff

A Huffington Post article says that, in a kind of backlash against the test-driven curricula that have prevailed in many schools over the past decade, there's a growing interest among educators and parents in giving kids more hands-on, experiential learning projects. One example of the reported movement: The Maker Education Initiative, created by the founders of Make magazine and the exploding network of Maker Faires, is launching Maker Corps, where hundreds of young adults will be working with schools and community programs to embed hands-on learning projects into their lessons and activities. The organization also hosts a blog that teachers ...


Is Arming Teachers the Right Course?

Some 600 educators have reportedly applied to take part in a free firearms training course being offered this spring in Ohio in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.


Do You Really Know What Project-Based Learning Is?

Azul Terronez, an 8th grade Humanities teacher at High Tech Middle in San Diego, explains that within project-based learning, students explore and make discoveries (i.e., learn) through the project itself.


Teachers to Have a Say on Working Conditions

Teachers and other school-based educators in Delaware will soon be able to anonymously air their grievances (and commendations) about the working conditions at their schools through an online survey.


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