App Aims to Boost Comprehension by Putting E-Books to Music

A startup that combines cinema-style soundtracks with the texts of popular books claims to be "transforming reading the way sound transformed silent film."


Bel Kaufman, Teacher Who Skewered Public School Bureaucracy, Dies at 103

Kaufman's 1965 novel Up the Down Staircase depicted teaching in New York City public schools without any glamour or rose-colored glasses, earning her rave reviews from teachers in the school system.


Teacher Pay Starts Low, Grows Slowly, Is Generally Awful, Report Says

D.C. may be one of the best places for career teachers in search of high pay, a new report says, while South Dakota is unquestionably the worst.


Finding the Gold Standard of Common Standards Implementation

In North Carolina's Iredell-Statesville school district, teachers report a smooth implementation of the standards now being targeted for review by the state legislature.


TNTP Presses for Performance-Pay Systems for Teachers

To bolster teacher quality, schools systems desperately need to institute variable pay structures that reward educators based on performance and challenging assignments, according to a report released this week by TNTP, a prominent nonprofit teacher-recruitment and policy organization.


Cursive Is Ready for a Comeback

When students never learn to read cursive, they lose access to any historical documents that haven't been typed up, experts say.


Yes, Teachers Are Working During the Summer

Teachers are actively engaged with student learning and their own professional development during the summer.


Twitter Chat: Summer Learning for Students and Teachers

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, we'll be holding a Twitter chat exploring summer learning for both students and educators.


Let 'Weird Al' Yankovic Teach Your Students Grammar

Musician and comedian Weird Al Yankovic has a new video out that might help students appreciate good grammar.


For Unions, Policy Battles Are Just History Repeating

Battles fought decades ago by famous leaders of the two national teachers' unions still continue today.


Teen Ousts District's Abstinence-Only Sex Ed. Program

A Canadian teenager's complaint about the quality of her sex-education class has led her district to find a new curriculum.


Children of Same-Sex Parents: Happy and Healthy, But Stigma Remains

Children of same-sex parents are better-behaved, healthier, and have more cohesive families compared to children of opposite-sex couples, according to a new study.


At Long Last, To Kill a Mockingbird Available as E-Book

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's classic novel, is available in downloadable e-book and audiobook forms for the first time.

Classroom Supplier Staples Provokes Ire of Teachers' Unions

Staples plans to open postal service counters in its stores using its own employees, drawing the ire of the national postal service union and its teacher brethren.


Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Raises Over $5 Million, With 100,000-Plus Backers

After one month of powerhouse fundraising, the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter project ended Wednesday, breaking a Kickstarter record for number of contributors in the process.


How Summer Reading Is Different, for Both Kids and Teachers

Educational psychologist Daniel Willingham offers some tips (mostly for parents, but useful to educators as well) on getting kids to read this summer.


Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children's Executive Functioning

Children who decide for themselves how to spend their time have more highly-developed executive function, according to a new study. And those children will go on to be healthier, wealthier, and more socially stable throughout their lives.


Tonight: Chat With Carol Ann Tomlinson About Differentiated Instruction

If you're not out in the streets celebrating America's World Cup win over Belgium, join us for a chat on differentiated instruction.


Teacher Sought for School in Exotic Guantanamo Bay

The U.S. Department of Defense needs a substitute teacher for its base in Cuba.


Teacher-Prep Rankings Put Spotlight on Online Degree Program

Western Governors University Teachers College is an online degree program that costs $6,000 a year, and it's ranked the best secondary-education program for teachers in the country.


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