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October 04, 2013

Study: Where Are Teachers Most Respected?

The "status" of teachers varies widely across countries, according to a new survey, with teachers in China having the highest social standing of those countries measured.

May 20, 2011

How Many TFA Alums Really Stay in Teaching?

Gary Rubinstein questions the data undergirding Teach For America's contention that two thirds of its alumni remain in education, with half of those continuing as teachers. He calculates that the number of TFA alums who, like himself, remain in teaching is probably something more like 10 to 15 perce...

February 23, 2011

Harriett Ball's Legacy

We were remiss in failing to note that influential Texas educator Harriett Ball died earlier this month. An elementary school teacher for more than 30 years before becoming a star speaker and trainer, Ball was widely known for inventively mixing rap and song into her instruction. According to an exc...

November 24, 2010

Does TFA Have the Corner on the Teacher Job Market?

A Baltimore City teacher blames Teach for America for her difficulty finding a job, and says the program "pretends to have the solution."

September 14, 2010

Has Teaching Become Paid Volunteer Work?

In Time magazine's most recent annual National Service Issue, which came out this week, John Cloud's article, "How to Recruit Better Teachers," questions whether the teaching profession has become "paid volunteer work," luring many recent elite university graduates or middle-aged professionals diss...

July 14, 2010

Indiana Creates Turnaround Leadership Academy

The Indiana Department of Education and Marian University have teamed up to create a new principal academy for administrators in struggling schools.

July 12, 2010

TFA, Not Just a Plan B

Stiff competition for a slot in the Teach for American program points to a tough economy and a determined group of applicants.

June 11, 2010

Amid Teacher Layoffs, Is TFA Still Needed?

Having weathered some 540 teacher job cuts—with more possibly to come—some educators in Clark County, Nev., are wondering why their district still needs Teach for America, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Why are they still coming here?" asks Justin Brecht, a Las Vegas element...

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