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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.

November 07, 2013

Physics Teacher Wows Harlem Globetrotters

This is just plain fun. David Hovan, a sixth-year AP physics teacher at St. John's College High School in the District of Columbia, demonstrated a most impressive talent for his students&#151;spinning a basketball on top of a pen while writing. A resourceful high schooler, of course, caught it o...

November 07, 2013

Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Eligible for $25,000 Prize

TNTP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that "all students get excellent teachers," is now accepting applications for the 3rd annual Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Teachers working with low-income students are eligible for the prize, which is awarded to four teachers ...

November 05, 2013

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Meets a 'Badass Teacher'

At a campaign event in Somers Point, N.J., teacher Melissa Tomlinson approached New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and asked why he'd called his state's schools "failure factories."

October 30, 2013

Report: Teacher-Evaluation Policies Becoming Increasingly 'Rigorous'

The Washington-based National Council on Teacher Quality released its annual report rounding up states' teacher-evaluation policies, which have become increasingly stringent over the last few years.

October 29, 2013

Buzzfeed Offers Teacher Gift Ideas

The ever-enticing Buzzfeed published a list of "24 Thoughtful Gifts for Teachers." And commenters weren't too happy about the selections.

October 23, 2013

New York State Teacher-Evaluation Results Reveal Local Discrepancies

While teacher-evaluation results were high for most of New York state, they were low in urban pockets, including Syracuse.

October 23, 2013

Newark Constructing 'Village' for Teachers

Here's an interesting urban renewal story that has a very distinct connection to teaching: In an effort to revive its blighted downtown area, the city of Newark, N.J., last month officially launched a new development known as Teachers Village.

October 22, 2013

Much-Loved Math Teacher Braved Gunfire in Nevada Shooting

After serving as a Marine and doing several tours in Afghanistan with the Nevada Air National Guard, 45-year-old Michael Landsberry died a hero on his home turf, in a civilian role. On Monday, the 8th grade math teacher and soccer coach was killed while trying to protect students from a school-aged gunman.

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