July 2013 Archives

It's a hard time to be a teacher in Chicago. Ten days ago, to the surprise of its employees, the Chicago public school district laid off more than 1,000 teachers and about 1,100 support staff members.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages this week announced the finalists for its annual National Language Teacher of the Year Award. Among the five finalists, three are Spanish-language teachers. They are Norma Arroyo of Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colo.; Linda Egnatz of Lincoln-Way Community High School in Frankfort, Ill.; and Margarita Boyatzi Dempsey who also teaches French at Smithfield High School in Greenville, R.I. The other two finalists are Latin teacher Robert Patrick of Parkview High School in Lawrenceville, Ga., and Taeko Tashibu of Roosevelt High School in Seattle, who is a Japanese ...

A nonprofit seeks to connect high schools' curricula with students' dreams for themselves and the future.

An educator charges that teachers who are active on Twitter and other social-media outlets are better informed and quicker to assimilate new ideas than are their less connected peers.

For teachers, summer break is a favorable time to invest in professional development while they're away from the classroom. We asked our readers to share what they were doing for PD this summer. Check out our Storify to learn how fellow educators are spending their breaks....

In a recent New York Times opinion piece about research finding that women have a "warming effect" on men, making them more inclined to generosity, author Adam Grant describes what he sees as the implication for classrooms.

A former teacher says that teacher-preparation programs should be modeled after medical schools.

In what some are saying is a first-of-its-kind moment, critics of Teach for America are beginning to pool their efforts to counter the program.

Award-winning teacher Rafe Esquith says that expert teachers are leaving schools at an alarming rate because of top-down mandates.

Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including two who've been vocal on the ESEA rewrite, are former teachers.

Megan Allen, the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year, is excited about her new career path but, like many teachers who leave the classroom, she feels guilty, too

The U.N. declared today "Malala Day," but who is Malala? Malala Yousafzai is the Pakistani teenager and advocate for girls' education who was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen last October in Pakistan's Swat Valley. Today, she turned 16 and spent her birthday addressing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 1,000 students from around the world at a Youth Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, according to Reuters. It was the first public speech she has given since last October. "One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world. ...

Reflecting on the whole "bad teacher" genre as represented by movies and books like Tampa, Dana Goldstein wonders about the American public's ongoing fascination with stories about "despicable, or at least morally compromised" teachers.

The recent adoption of a new teacher-pay plan in Tennessee has spurred backlash from many union members, including calls for the state's education commissioner to be fired, reports The Tennessean.

A new tech platform lets teachers—or anyone else, for that matter—create and share their own interactive lessons or courses.

Roughly half the amount that the nation's public school teachers are spending on educational products is being covered with their own money, a new nationwide survey shows.

Congratulations to our fearless, diligent, and ever-amusing blogger Marilyn Rhames, author of Charting My Own Course, for receiving the Educator's Voice Blogger/Commentator of the Year Award from the Bammy Awards.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Dale Irby, who began teaching physical education in 1973, wore the same outfit for his school picture 40 years in a row.

In May, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a $1.5 million grant to Teach for America, saying that the organization has $350 million in assets and does not need the state's help.

Districts have recently employed crowdsourcing to solve major problems. Could it help teachers authentically add their voices to policy discussions, too?

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