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January 15, 2014

2014 National Teacher of the Year Finalists Named

Four educators, hailing from Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, have been announced by the Council of Chief State School Officers as the finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award.

January 10, 2014

Group Looking to Bolster Educator Influence Announces 2014 Teacher Fellows

The Hope Street Group, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on economic opportunity, announced 13 teachers and instructional coaches from across the country to participate in the group's National Teacher Fellowship.

January 02, 2014

Educator's Resolution: Enough With the 'Feel-Good' Teacher Movies

Joshua John Macklin, a New York City middle school reading teacher, says it would be beneficial to those working for real improvement in schools if Americans made a collective New Year's resolution to desist from relying on feel-good teacher movies for their information about struggling schools

December 19, 2013

New National-Board Certifications Still Declining

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this week that 4,117 teachers received certification from the group in 2013—down 17 percent from the previous year and more than 50 percent from 2008.

November 17, 2013

Expert: Deeper Learning Hinges on Content Expertise

In an address on deeper learning at the Learning and the Brain conference in Boston this weekend, Christine Massey, the director of research and education at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania, offered a helpful definition: "We take deeper learning as the process of learning for transfer."

November 16, 2013

Rethinking Teacher Roles in a New Networked World

Author-educators Marc Prensky and Will Richardson opened up this weekend's conference with some big ideas on how technology is changing learning and the many ways schools need to adapt and catch up.

November 14, 2013

Shared-Classroom Redesign Plan Riles Teachers

As part of a new plan to expand a number of its highs schools, the Portland, Ore., school district is reportedly looking into a design model that would be based on a "college-style" use of classrooms. What this means, essentially, is that teachers would share classrooms but would have offices where they could meet with students and each other.

November 11, 2013

Do Education Leaders Need More Teaching Experience?

The Huffington Post recently published a list of 11 high-profile education leaders who've never been teachers.

November 11, 2013

Setting the Bar for Teacher Licensing

The developers of a new performance-based teacher-licensing test have a clear message for states that want to use it: Set the passing bar high, but not too high.

November 08, 2013

NAEP Scores Spark Debate on Toughening Teacher Accountability

Some have been quick to cite changes to teacher evaluation and tenure processes as explanation for the NAEP gains in Tennessee and D.C. But it's more complicated than that.

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