A growing number of neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators believe that teaching young children empathy could be the key to preventing school bullying.


A teacher from Oregon who expressed his anti-Tea Party sympathies has been reinstated in the classroom by his district, despite the objections of some Tea Partiers and parents.


Dozens of schools in Broward County, Fla., are asking librarians and teachers of art, music, and phys. ed., to take pay cuts of nearly 50 percent for next school year.


The Council of Chief State School Officers announces Iowa English Teacher Sarah Brown Wessling 2010 National Teacher of the Year. Note: There will be a formal ceremony announcing the new Teacher of the Year at the White House tomorrow. We'll have coverage, so check back for more....


A mass student walkout across New Jersey to protest education budget cuts was started by a Facebook invitation that 18,000 students accepted.


Discretion gets you nowhere. For yesterday's event at the V.P.'s house, I was asked by Jill Biden's office to be the pool reporter for the NTOY celebration. My job was to write up a few quotes and a little color and feed it the media. So I did. I came back to work and also wrote a post for this blog. I tried to be discreet and polite—the very things that journalists are taught not to do. I admit to withholding a quote or two. Then, thanks to one of our savvy Web team members, I just...


Yesterday afternoon Second Lady Jill Biden hosted a meet and mingle for the 2010 National Teacher of the Year celebration. Although this year's winner won't be announced until Thursday at the White House, Biden, an educator herself for 29 years, chose for the second straight year in a row to gather the more than 50 winners from every state, the District of Columbia, and the territories in the vice president's house in Washington. All but two of the winners were on hand to celebrate. Biden spoke for about 10 minutes from the foyer of the Victorian mansion—mostly from prepared...


Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews sees Doug Lemov's much-discussed book, Teach Like A Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College, as the expression of a new generation of teachers: Our urban public schools have many teachers in their twenties and thirties who are more impatient with low standards and more determined to raise student achievement than previous generations of inner city educators, having seen some good examples. These younger teachers are also, according to Mathews, frustrated by the emphasis on theory over practice in teacher training. But is this really an age thing? I haven't ...


In addressing the growing problem of student in-class texting, a middle school in New York state seems to be taking the "if you can't beat them, join them" approach. But with important modifications.


Bill Ferriter has very good things to say about Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap, a new book co-authored by professional learning team experts Rick and Becky DuFour: I've ALREADY photocopied several sections and slipped them under the doors of the principals and teacher leaders in my building...an easy thing to do when intervention strategies are carefully described, implementation plans are outlined, and evidence of impact is included for schools that look a lot like ours!...


Welcome to Teaching Now, our new editors' blog. We plan to fill this space with quick-hit updates on the latest news, ideas, and resources for teacher leaders. Coverage will run the gamut from the inspirational to the infuriating, from practical classroom tips to raging policy debates, and from "news you can use" to "news of the weird." (There's plenty of all of that in education today, of course.) Most of all, we hope to provide a daily, go-to resource for those interested in the issues facing highly engaged classroom professionals today. For those of you who are regular visitors to ...


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