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June 24, 2013

Are Teachers 'At the Table' Or 'On the Menu'? Hard to Tell.

Thursday's "Evaluation Reform: Finding Solutions through Teachers" at the American Institutes for Research was just the type of 30,000-foot-level Washington event that disenfranchised teachers seem to fear is changing the course of their profession.

March 22, 2013

Citing Safety Concerns, Md. District Looks to Put Restrictions on Parents

A Maryland school district is considering a measure that would ban visitors at elementary schools from hugging other people's children. The policy would also prohibit parents and visitors from bringing homemade food to schools and limit lunchtime and recess visits. The proposed new rules were draft...

February 12, 2013

Special Ed. Teacher's Anti-Gay Remarks Spark Firestorm

An Indiana special education teacher who is part of a Christian group that wants to ban LGBT students from the high school prom told a local T.V. station that she doesn't believe gays have a "purpose in life."

February 06, 2013

Board Proposes Copyrighting Work By Students, Teachers

One Maryland county is considering a measure that proposes to copyright student- and teacher-created work, reports The Washington Post.

December 13, 2012

Tackling Special Education Teacher Evaluation

For several years now, teacher evaluation has dominated education-policy discussions--but for the most part, the country's 430,000 special education teachers have been left out of the discussion.

November 27, 2012

Take It From Tennessee: Lessons on Teacher Evaluation

At a session on teacher effectiveness at yesterday's Excellence in Action National Summit in Washington, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman offered some lessons learned for legislators and state leaders looking to implement revised teacher-evaluation systems. The information he presented...

August 05, 2012

SOS Event Draws Small Crowd, Focuses on Organizing

In sharp contrast to last summer's celebrity-attended rally and march to the White House, the Save Our Schools gathering this year proved a quiet, 150-person affair. Held this weekend in the regal Wardman Park Marriott in downtown Washington, the convention featured presentations on an array of to...

July 03, 2012

NEA 2012: It's All About Obama

Campaign rally or Representative Assembly? At some points yesterday it was hard to tell. The 8,000 or so delegates of the nation's largest teachers' union gathered in Washington for their annual convention heard one message above all others: Vote for Obama in November. Just outside the assembly ...

April 19, 2012

Is Your School 'Transformative'?

Chris Lehmann, principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, has a post on the components of "transformative" schools—schools, in his terminology, that go beyond content and skills and push students and educators into "realizing the best versions of ourselves." Such schools seek ...

January 24, 2012

Changing Classroom Reading Instruction

At a gathering held by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank in Washington, the panelists touched on teachers' practical instructional concerns as well as more general problems associated with school leadership, professional development, and curriculum.

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