An Indianapolis high school English teacher adds her voice to the growing chorus of educators speaking out against what they see as extraneous and unreliable benchmarking assessments.

So I bet you never stopped to consider the effects of teacher-evaluation reform on county fairs. I can't say that we have, either, but apparently this has become a not insignificant matter in the town of Carrington, Ohio.

A Maryland school district is considering a measure that would ban visitors at elementary schools from hugging other people's children. The policy would also prohibit parents and visitors from bringing homemade food to schools and limit lunchtime and recess visits. The proposed new rules were drafted by a committee of parents, principals, and school staff in the St. Mary's County school system in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December. "We think it's the right balance between safety and parental involvement," said Kelly Hall, executive director of elementary schools and Title I, in an ...

Here's a teacher professional development idea that I hadn't heard of before. And it comes in three-minute chunks called LessonCasts.

Renowned poet Maya Angelou just finished a moving keynote address in front of a packed ballroom here at ASCD. She spoke above all of "rainbows in the clouds," or the people who bring us hope and change our lives.

"Blended learning is definitely divisive right now," said panelist Tiffany Della Vedova, head of the preparatory division at The Mandell School, an independent school in New York. "It's pitched as blended learning equals Khan academy or flipped classrooms. But it's balance that's important."

Math teachers, take note--today is the 25th anniversary of National Pi Day, which recognizes the mathematical constant pi...

In reporting for a recent story package on "Common-Core Instructional Opportunities," we found that many teachers are happy with the standards, but scared about the tests.

Playing video games might help kids with dyslexia improve their focus and score higher on tests, according to Italian researchers.

A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would allow parents to find out if their children's teachers are carrying firearms at school, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

Jatish Marsh, a middle school health teacher in Georgia, explains that her state, like many others, is using student surveys as part of the teacher-evaluation process, a fact that she says she "accept[s]." But there are some communication issues.

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee, I wish Education Week and Education Week Teacher would just take all of their best material on classroom management and package it into a handy e-book so that I could have it with me everywhere on my iPad, Kindle, or Nook?" Turns out we thought of that, too. And we made one.

In an article for RealClearPolitics, Andrew Rotherham, a.k.a. Eduwonk, highlights two problems with the findings from the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher.

Over the last couple weeks, we've seen several stories about what some are calling e-mentoring.

In the next couple months, the U.S. Treasury Department is planning to unveil a website offering teachers "ready-made personal finance lessons that fit neatly into existing math and English courses" and that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, according to Time magazine.

Some teachers at a school in Windsor, Ontario, are facing a backlash after they duped students into thinking they were going on class trip to Disney World in Florida.

veteran high school teacher David B. Cohen writes that he is optimistic about the long-term prospects for teacher leadership.

Sociologist Aaron M. Pallas says that we may soon begin seeing wide descrepencies in student test scores across districts as a result of the Common Core State Standards.

Here's a cute story to give you some Valentine's Day cheer: Every Feb. 14 since 1946, Daryl Zevely, now 77 and retired, has sent his 3rd grade teacher a Valentine Day's card, reports The Longview News-Journal. Ninety-one year-old Regina Bull told the Texas newspaper that Zevely, who was a student in the first class she ever taught, "has never missed a year." The annual cards "made me feel great, to think he'd be concerned about me," said Bull, whose teaching career spanned 39 years. "He'd tell me about his life and his wife and his kids." With the 50th card, ...

In this ASCD SmartBlog post, a 20-year veteran teacher describes how he went from a "classic rules-and-consequences" management style to a "no-rules, no-consequences" approach.

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