Parents in Colo. District Launch Website to Chronicle Teacher Turnover

Unhappy with recent decisions by the local school board, a group of parents in Jefferson County, Colo., has created a website to chronicle an expected wave teachers' departures from their district over the next year.


English Teacher Bases Final Exam on 'Serial' Podcast

Popular podcast series "Serial" inspired an English teacher to change up her class's final exam by asking groups of students to produce their own podcast.


Renowned Educator Rafe Esquith on Suspension From Teaching

The internationally acclaimed teacher was removed from his classroom earlier this year, though circumstances behind the suspension remain murky.


Study: Students Learn Better When Lectures Come With Visual Aids

The study digs into why students would be better at a lesson based on when they get visual assistance.


Teachers' Feedback Can Do More Harm Than Good, Study Finds

A new study from Vanderbilt University concluded that teachers' feedback on math problems hinders students who have a grasp on the concept but could significantly help those who still don't understand.


How Many Valedictorians Is Too Many?

An Ohio school district graduated 222 high school valedictorians this year, calling into question value of the title.


This Online Game Shows the Hard Choices Teachers Face Every Day

Teachers and administrators have to make dozens—even hundreds—of hard decisions every day. A recently released game shows but a few of them.


Meet 'Lincoln,' the White House Hawk Named by N.H. 4th Grade Class

In March, a New Hampshire class failed to get the red-tailed hawk named as their state raptor. But naming the president's new pet is a nice victory.


Teachers Don't Want More Data, They Want Better Data, Gates Survey Finds

A new survey by the Gates Foundation finds that nearly all teachers regularly use digital tools like digital gradebooks, but are unhappy with the data or the tools they have access to.


Fla. Teacher Suspended for Jamming Students' Cellphone Signals

A science teacher in Pasco County, Fla., got fed up with students using their cellphones in class, in violation of school policy, and opted for a more proactive approach than writing them up.


Teaching in Wisconsin Might Not Even Require a College Degree Soon

A legislative proposal would allow districts to hire candidates without any demonstrated pedagogical training, and in some cases, without a bachelor's degree.


TNTP Names Winners of $25K Teaching Prize

The teacher policy and recruitment group TNTP has announced the four winners of its annual Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.


Grant Wiggins, Who Inspired Shifts in Classroom Instruction, Dead at 64

Grant Wiggins, the educator and "Understanding by Design" author who helped usher in a new pedagogical approach to classroom instruction, died Tuesday. He was 64.


Study: Teacher Outreach to Parents Has 'Under-Explored Potential' in Schools

A new study by researchers at Harvard and Brown University finds that regular personalized communications from teachers to parents can in fact have a sizable impact on students' chances for success in their classes.


Survey: Top Teachers Cite Student Poverty, Family Stress as Chief Academic Barriers

A survey of the 2015 state teachers of the year takes a look at top teachers' thoughts on issues affecting students, where funding should be directed, and what parts of the job they value most.


Study Finds That Cellphone Bans Lead to Higher Test Scores

A new U.K. study finds that cellphone bans in schools can have the same effect on test scores as adding a week of instructional time.


Teachers in Maine School Decide to Go Ahead and Run the Place

When their principal resigned due to illness earlier this year, the teachers at the rural Athens Community School in Maine came up with a novel idea for leading the school in the future: They would simply (or maybe not so simply) do it themselves.


Let Students With ADHD Fidget, Says Study

A new study says that fidgeting may actually help students with ADHD learn better and stay alert in the classroom.


Survey: Most Teachers Aren't Very Enthusiastic About Their Profession

A new survey of teacher working conditions finds teachers frustrated by a lack of quality professional development and negative media portrayals.


Award-Winning Principal Carol Burris Steps Down to Fight New Evaluations

Carol Burris, a nationally recognized principal, announced recently that she will be resigning from her position after this school year, citing test-heavy teacher-evaluation processes as a key reason for her departure.


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