In an editorial, the Denver Post defends a bill just passed by the Colo. Legislature that will tie teachers' tenure status to students' academic progress: Despite hysterical assertions to the contrary, it is not meant to set up teachers as scapegoats for the sociological and economic disadvantages that their students bring to school with them. It is not an effort to fire teachers en masse. It is an effort to recalibrate their mission in a very specific way. The foundation of this measure is the firm belief that even students who come from troubled circumstances can learn. These are the ...


Twelve-year-old Greyson Michael Chance appeared in a 6th grade talent show in Edmund, Oklahoma last month and today he is a YouTube sensation. With an appearance this morning on the Ellen Degeneres Show and more than eight million views of his YouTube cover of "Paparazzi" by pop singer Lady Gaga, Chance could very well be the next Justin Bieber or better. If you need convincing, listen for yourself and check out the faces on the female students as he performs—they go from mild disinterest to shock and awe. Chance explained to Ellen Degeneres this morning how he found out ...


New York's State Education Department and teachers' unions have brokered a deal to revamp teacher evaluations by linking them to student test scores, according to the The New York Times. The agreement is expected to boost the state's chances of winning coveted federal Race to the Top money. Under the agreement, teachers would be measured each year on a 100-point scale, 20 percent of which would be based on student improvement on state exams. Another 20 percentage points would be based local tests developed by individual school systems, while principal and peer observations make up other parts of the evaluation. ...


We can all agree that the "Behavior Developing Institute" is a terrible name for a district's program for troubled students. But isn't changing it to "The Oxford Center" maybe going a little too far?...


U.K. educators aren't wild about the teaching style outlined in the hit U.S. education book.


Education officials in Massachusetts announced a new initiative to recruit high-quality teachers for jobs in underperforming schools across the state.


How is that a high school freshman who reads at the 5th grade level is picking Shakespeare more quickly than other students in his English class? His teacher, Epiphany in Baltimore, doesn't think it's a big mystery: I told him this was because he knows what it means to work at reading while he's doing it and the other students don't. He is willing to sit and grapple with the language and the other kids who are not used to working hard are not willing to. Therefore, he's getting it quicker than the others....


Can this story be real? Apparently the teacher-job market in Ontario is so tough that some non-religious educators are taking up Catholicism in an attempt to get coveted positions in parochial schools, according the Canadian Press. "I don't particularly like going (to mass) every Sunday, but if this is what I have to do, then I'll do it," said a Toronto-area teaching-candidate. According to data cited from the Ontario College of Teachers, some 12,200 new teachers are vying for about 5,000 open public school positions in the province. All employees of Toronto's Catholic schools, meanwhile, must be Catholic—and...


After betting his Spanish teacher that he'd wear the same pair of shoes daily through all four years of high school, a football captain is only weeks away from fulfilling his promise.


Arizona students took to the streets last week to protest a controversial new immigration bill that the state recently passed.


Doug Johnson, a district technology director, posts the highly positive results of a survey of teachers in his district on their use of smartboards. While acknowledging recent criticism of the devices, he notes: "When it comes to the classroom, I will listen to the teacher long before listening to the pundit." Generally a good policy, but it's worth noting that (beyond Johnson's district) teachers' opinions on smartboards are nowhere near uniform. Which raises the question of how much teachers' experiences with them are determined by the strengh of the district's implementation....


Bellringers notes that, during testing week in her school, "teachers were allowed to wear blue jeans all week, and I even got to use my chicken to direct hallway traffic." It's the little things...


Kind a downer of a Teacher Appreciation Week, huh? According to a good overview story in the the Christian Science Monitor, teachers unions and lawmakers had to use the occasion to bring attention to looming mass education job cuts and, more hopefully, to newly proposed federal funding to avert layoffs. Not that everyone is necessarily of the opinion that more money is a good idea: "The likelihood that our kids are going to thank us for running up another $23 billion on their tab so that we can avoid making responsible decisions is unlikely," said the American Enterprise Institute's Frederick ...


Our recent interview with Richard Allington on response to intervention has generated a lot of interest, including a number comments from readers taking issue with his views. I just wanted to note that Professor Allington has posted a response to those comments. (You may need to scroll down to his post.) He's not exactly backing down....


The social networking service Ning—which hosts many thriving teacher groups—created a great deal of angst last month when it announced that is moving to a subscriptions-only model. The details on the pricing scheme are still being worked out, but the New York Times' Bits blog is now reporting that the company has worked out a deal to keep the service free for teachers. They apparently realized it just wasn't worth asking schools for money. "For public educators, the process for buying anything tends to be so arduous, and we're going to make it easier to use Ning," Jason...


A 4th grade teacher from East Baton Rouge, La., is suing her principal, superintendent, and school board because she claims she was prohibited from assigning failing grades to students "under any circumstances," according to Courthouse News Service. Sue Goudreau says that at a meeting of 4th grade teachers at Riveroaks Elementary School, Principal Sholanda Shamlin, "adamantly directed ... teachers to assign a D to students who were definitely not going to pass 4th grade and not to fail a student who has even the slightest chance of passing [the state test]." The district's policy had been to give a student an ...


Renee Moore thinks recent murmerings from teachers about blaming parents or holding them more accountable for students academic performance are ill-advised.


A New Jersey middle school principal wants his students off Facebook.


In Des Moines, Iowa, district officials have moved to block scheduling, despite questions about whether teachers have had enough time or training to manage the switch.


A humorous meme that is going around the teacher blogosphere: What if NCLB were applied to football?...


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