Valerie Strauss, in the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog, argues that D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's decision to fire 165 teachers for poor performance last week was driven by a dubious teacher-evaluation system
Education Secretary Arne Duncan will participate in a live town hall meeting on Thursday, and the Ed. Department is asking for your questions.
As communities intensify youth suicide prevention efforts, they also need to give teachers the tools to respond to distressed students in a crisis.
We roundup the best Teacher blogs from this past week.
A couple weeks ago, at a global learning conference put on by the Asia Society, I attended a workshop on "Preparing Elementary Students for the Global Age" presented by Mary Ellen Bafumo, an education professor at the State University of New York. At the outset of the session, she played this video, which I thought was pretty compelling. It seems to have been put together by the Consortium of School Networking, a professional association for district technology leaders, with support from the Pearson Foundation. It is obviously heavy on the themes associated with the "21st Century Learning" movement. We would ...
Changes are on the horizon for New York state's Regents tests, but one former analyst wonders if they'll do any good.
In an op-ed in The Seattle Times, Stephanie Hirsh and Patricia Wasleythe Executive Director of the National Staff Development Council and a professor of education at the University of Washington, respectivelylament budget cuts targeting teacher professional development. But, in an interesting twist, they also note that professional development itselfor at least the type of professional development that's prevalent in many schoolsis at least partly to blame: For too long, professional development has been treated as something that takes place at the occasional workshop, in-service day or conference a handful of times a year. Under this...
A new study by the College Board and the National Writing Project links teachers' classroom use of Web 2.0 tools with improving students' writing skills.
Imagine a school in which teachers are in charge.
Ariel Sacks, an 8th grade English teacher in NYC, wonders why we allow a system to persist in which disadvantaged kids are routinely concentrated in the same schools. She questions: In today's education scene, key players seem comfortable looking in the windows of high needs schools and questioning or making suggestions as to how they are funded, staffed, supported, and held accountable (all of which are valid points of discussion). But what about the frame itself for this picture? Aren't we looking at the old ill of segregation and failing to confront it?...
We got a chuckle out of this headline from The Onion: "Struggling High School Cuts Football--Nah, Just Kidding, Art It Is." It's funny because it's true, of course....
In his recent address at the American Federation of Teachers conference, Bill Gates ruffled some feathers by mentioning student achievement but managed to draw a largely positive reception.
Students long out of school track down former teachers on Facebook to share their thanks.
Here at Teacher, we've got some great bloggers writing for us. Every Friday, we'll be directing you to a few of the best entries of the week.
A new study finds that scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress rise when 12th graders receive financial incentives for correct answers.
The Indiana Department of Education and Marian University have teamed up to create a new principal academy for administrators in struggling schools.
A psychology professor at the University of Virginia believes that teachers aren't the only ones in schools who need to be held accountable.
The Teacher Retirement System of Texas will invest in mall owner General Growth Properties Inc., which has been in bankruptcy reorganization since last year.
Public school teachers in New Jersey are retiring at twice the expected rate this year.