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November 04, 2011

Could Teachers Be Displaced by Technology?

Will Richardson says that teachers urgently need to redefine their professional role in light of advancements in technology and prevailing expectations for schools. If teachers' main purpose is seen as improving student achievement as reflected in test scores, he argues, they will soon be displaced,...

November 04, 2011

National Board Names New President

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the independent nonprofit organization that bestows advanced certification on qualifying educators, has named Ronald Thorpe as its new president and CEO. Thorpe, who is a well-known education advocate, began his career as a private school teac...

October 31, 2011

Reader Reply: Underappreciated Teachers Can Find Better Options

Last week, we highlighted a study finding that minority teacher shortages are caused largely by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. In response, a teacher now working abroad sent us an email amplifying the point: My thoughts are that many minority teachers have probably had to struggle...

October 28, 2011

The Year Without Report Cards

As part of a contract dispute, teachers in British Columbia have been working on a limited-duties basis—or, depending on your perspective, you might say a focused-duties basis. They are still teaching in their classrooms, but they are refusing, among other things, to communicate with administra...

October 27, 2011

Gates: Teachers 'Want a New Bargain'

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bill and Melinda Gates expound on their foundation's efforts to identify and improve teacher effectiveness. In doing so, they offer a comparison to the practices they used in running a software giant: At Microsoft, we believed in giving our employees the best ...

October 27, 2011

Teachers Compete for $10K Innovation Award

Four teachers remain in a competition for a $10,000 classroom grant, which will be decided by a public online vote.

October 26, 2011

The 'Changing Landscape' of Teacher Evaluation

The National Council on Teacher Quality released a study today examining the "changing landscape" of teacher-evaluation policies--which have proliferated in the last two years--across the states.

October 25, 2011

The Waldorf Method: Passing on Technology in the Classroom

At the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, Calif., you might notice something missing from every classroom—computers!

October 25, 2011

Study: Minority Teacher Shortages Linked to Poor Working Conditions

A new analysis of federal data suggests that minority teacher shortages are caused not by a lack of minority candidates entering the profession but by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. The study, conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers Richard M. Ingersoll and Henry May, fi...

October 20, 2011

Should Schools Screen Teachers for Innovation?

Reflecting on some recent biz-tech reading he's been doing, Bill Ferriter questions whether schools are doing enough—if anything—to evaluate prospective teacher-hires by their potential for innovation. He's developed a few sample interview questions to help them along. Here's a good one: ...

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