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April 26, 2012

Teachers Lack Mental Health Training

In a recent Huffington Post piece, Jessica Minahan, co-author of The Behavior Code, writes that teachers are not properly prepared to work with students who have mental health problems. Even so, she claims, "In a typical classroom of twenty, chances are good that one or two students are dealing with...

April 25, 2012

Does Your Principal Need an MBA?

A couple of months ago, I came across an interesting Bloomberg Businessweek story about a business school program at the University of Virginia designed specifically for K-12 principals. The idea behind the program is that today's principals, particularly those leading struggling schools, need manag...

April 18, 2012

Ed. Scholars: Common Core Presents Crucial Moment for Teacher Collaboration

On the Atlantic's National blog, University of Michigan education professors Jeffrey Mirel and Simona Goldin express optimism that the current movement towards a common curriculum could boost what they consider woeful levels of teacher collaboration in U.S. schools: One of the key differences be...

March 27, 2012

What Top Doctors Can Teach Educators

The ever-impressive Atul Gawande—surgeon, New Yorker contributor, and public health researcher—has provided plenty of blog fodder for us here at Teacher over the last few months. And his keynote address at the 2012 ASCD Conference on Sunday was no exception. Gawande began by explaining w...

March 24, 2012

Tornados, 'Brain-Based Teaching,' and Unsavory Language

Live from the ASCD Annual Conference in Philadelphia A few more noteworthy moments from Saturday. • The mid-day keynote address was given by Reed Timmer, host of the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers. He showed some exciting footage of himself driving an armored car into a tornado. The conne...

March 24, 2012

Blankstein on Creating a 'Failure Is Not an Option' Culture

Live from the ASCD Annual Conference in Philadelphia In a jam-packed post-lunch session, Alan Blankstein, author of Failure Is Not an Option: Six Principles that Guide Student Achievement in High Performing Schools, gave a fun, if hurried, presentation on creating a school culture that breeds succe...

February 23, 2012

Summer PD Fellowships Available to Social Studies Teachers

High school social studies teachers interested in some offline professional development this summer—specifically, the chance to travel to historic sites with some like-minded colleagues—may want to look into the Founders Fellowship. The program, hosted by the Bill of Rights Institute and t...

February 15, 2012

Classroom Tech With a Human Touch

Earlier this week, The New York Times—which in the past has been criticized for negative coverage of educational technology—reported on a student-laptop program in the Mooresville, N.C., school district that has led to impressive gains in achievement and student engagement. The secret? By ...

December 06, 2011

When Consultants Get in the Way of Teaching

Renee Moore, an award-winning educator in Mississippi, tells the story of a talented young African-American history teacher of her aquaintance who is being driven out of the profession because of his frustration with a state-appointed teaching consultant at his school.

November 16, 2011

Note to Principals: Don't Leave Talent in the Parking Lot

The Harvard Gazette has a report on a panel discussion marking the 30th anniversary of The Principals' Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The discussion was titled "The Future of Leadership: Perspectives on the Principalship." Among the takeaways: • Education leaders need to ...

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