The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the independent nonprofit organization that bestows advanced certification on qualifying educators, has named Ronald Thorpe as its new president and CEO. Thorpe, who is a well-known education advocate, began his career as a private school teacher and administrator working under Theodore R. Sizer, and was later a program director at education foundations. Since 2003, he has been vice president for education at WNET, New York City's public television station. In that position, he helped create and direct the annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning conference. Thorpe joins the NBPTS at a complex juncture in ...


California schools feeling the accountability squeeze are spending less time teaching science, despite the fact that educators say they recognize the importance of science instruction, according to a new report.


A 9th grader named Annie sent a letter to Ira Glass, producer of NPR's This American Life. "I just escaped the whitewashed brick-walled iron-gated prison that is commonly known as middle school," she wrote, "and I'm finally out for good." She asked him to devote an episode to the inside world of middle school. This weekend, Glass aired an absorbing segment in which he did just that.


Last week, we highlighted a study finding that minority teacher shortages are caused largely by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. In response, a teacher now working abroad sent us an email amplifying the point: My thoughts are that many minority teachers have probably had to struggle so hard to overcome bias and stereotype throughout their education, that by the time they finish teachers' college they truly are the "cream of the crop" and are highly sought out by industries which pay much more and in which they are much more appreciated that they would be in education. My guess is ...


Arizona State University's new education program, called Engineers Serving Education, is introducing the field of engineering to elementary and middle school students in metropolitan Phoenix.


As part of a contract dispute, teachers in British Columbia have been working on a limited-duties basis—or, depending on your perspective, you might say a focused-duties basis. They are still teaching in their classrooms, but they are refusing, among other things, to communicate with administrators, attend staff meetings, or do playground duty. (Nice work if you can get it, right?) But what's really fraying nerves now is that they are declining to write report cards, the first of which are scheduled to be sent home next month. From some of the commentary, you'd have thought they cancelled Christmas....


In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bill and Melinda Gates expound on their foundation's efforts to identify and improve teacher effectiveness. In doing so, they offer a comparison to the practices they used in running a software giant: At Microsoft, we believed in giving our employees the best chance to succeed, and then we insisted on success. We measured excellence, rewarded those who achieved it and were candid with those who did not. Teachers don't work in anything like this kind of environment, and they want a new bargain. As evidence for this, they cite a survey the Gates ...


Four teachers remain in a competition for a $10,000 classroom grant, which will be decided by a public online vote.


The National Council on Teacher Quality released a study today examining the "changing landscape" of teacher-evaluation policies--which have proliferated in the last two years--across the states.


At the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, Calif., you might notice something missing from every classroom—computers!


To ensure they don't overlook the basics, educators in the U.K. are being encouraged to make use of an offical checklist for managing student behavior. The idea for the checklist, developed by a school administrator who is also a government education adviser, was influenced by the work of oft-cited surgeon/writer Atul Gawande. To reduce common surgical errors, Gawande has helped develop and bring attention to a procedural checklist for hospital OR teams. The U.K.'s student-behavior checklist, titled "Getting the Simple Things Right," includes sections for both school administrators and teachers. Educators are encouraged to run through ...


A new analysis of federal data suggests that minority teacher shortages are caused not by a lack of minority candidates entering the profession but by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. The study, conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers Richard M. Ingersoll and Henry May, finds that—contrary to conventional wisdom—the number of minority teachers in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past 20 years, with the total nearly doubling. Ingersoll and May say the data, in effect, validate targeted efforts to prepare and recruit minority teaching candidates. However, the data also show that minority teachers, who are ...


A press release marketing two-for-$200 Flip video cameras for educators just came my way. Cisco announced in April that it will no longer make the devices, which many teachers have incorporated into their classrooms because they are relatively cheap and easy to use.


Here's a surprising, somewhat out-of-the-way finding: A national poll conducted last month found that most Americans (68 percent) are opposed to the idea of schools using iPads or e-readers in place print books. Interestingly, women and young people (ages 18-29) were the most strongly opposed. Only 12 percent of the young people surveyed favored the use of e-readers over printed books in schools. Anyone care to speculate on the reasons behind this? Maybe young adults are already nostalgic for their print-immersed school days? More seriously, might they be saying something about the differences in the ways people read and retain ...


Reflecting on some recent biz-tech reading he's been doing, Bill Ferriter questions whether schools are doing enough—if anything—to evaluate prospective teacher-hires by their potential for innovation. He's developed a few sample interview questions to help them along. Here's a good one: What well-established professional practice are you skeptical about? Similarly, ed-tech pioneer Will Richardson once told us that if he were a principal who was hiring new teachers, he would "look for people who aren't asking how, but instead are asking why."...


Riffing on the Occupy Wall Street movement, New York Times human rights columnist Nicholas Kristof argues that the most effective way to reduce inequality in the United States would actually be to expand early child education. Kristof reports—as any elementary teacher already knows—that significant learning gaps between well-off and disadvantaged students begin before kindergarten and have a lasting, calculable effect on achievement and opportunity. He notes: One common thread, whether I'm reporting on poverty in New York City or in Sierra Leone, is that a good education tends to be the most reliable escalator out of poverty....


Today, October 20, is the third annual National Day on Writing, according to the National Council of Teachers of English.


A new education documentary, The Learning, which premiered on PBS about a month ago, takes a close look at the experiences of four Filipina teachers, who leave their schools in the Philippines to teach in Baltimore classrooms.


Miss Eyre at NYC Educator describes feeling "insanely, irrationally jealous" of her students during their free reading time. She writes: It's really hard to do quality reading during the school year, especially if you're an English teacher and you have to stay on top of the texts you're reading with your students. ... I need someone to sit me down, stare at me, and instruct me to do nothing but read for a period of time every day. The jealousy is probably heightened in part because of her hands-off policy on book selection. Miss Eyre explains: Now, true independent reading involves ...


A chemistry teacher who teaches in Bristol, Pa., has been conducting class from Alaska via webcasts.


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