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October 05, 2011

New Evaluation System Faces Backlash

Tennessee's newly implemented teacher-evaluation program is getting a less than enthusiastic reception from many educators, with some even abandoning the classroom because of it, according to a story in The Tennessean. The new evaluation program, developed in connection with the federal Race to th...

October 04, 2011

Teacher Induction Advocates Extol ... Teacher Induction

At a conference in Washington on Tuesday, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, advocates for strengthening new-teacher supports gathered to shift the teacher effectiveness discourse, at least temporarily, from evaluation to induction.

October 03, 2011

Principal/Teacher Relationships: Is Race a Factor?

A recent study from the University of Missouri has found that "black teachers who work for a black principal are generally happier with their jobs," according to the Washington Times.

September 30, 2011

Preparing Tech-Smart Teachers, TFA-style

In a recent policy brief, the Progressive Policy Institute, a Democratic-aligned think tank based in Washington, proposed preparing a corps of tech-savvy teachers aimed at boosting 4th grade literacy rates in low-income communities, using Teach for America as a program model.

September 29, 2011

The Tao of Finland's Schools

This month's Smithsonian magazine includes an interesting article exploring the (relatively recent) success of Finland's school system. The author highlights a certain Zen-like quality in the way Finnish schools operate: Teachers in Finland spend fewer hours at school each day and spend les...

September 28, 2011

Are Schools Preparing Kids for the Future?

Teachers from across the nation recently gathered together in Rockefeller Plaza, and virtually through Facebook, Twitter, and an online chat for the second annual Teacher Town Hall hosted by NBC's Education Nation.

September 27, 2011

Math & Science Teaching Fellowships Announced

Heads-up for up-and-coming math and science teachers: The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2012 fellowship award. Valued at $150,000, the award includes financial resources (including tuition assitance), professional development, teaching materials, and acces...

September 23, 2011

Teacher Makes $230,000 on Lesson Plans

Two years ago, Deanna Jump, a Georgia kindergarten teacher with two kids in college, was struggling to make it from paycheck to paycheck. More recently, though, she has found herself rocketing up the tax brackets. Jump is still teaching kindergarten—but she is now also the top seller on Teach...

September 22, 2011

Teachers' Unspoken Role as Protectors

This is somewhat random but I think noteworthy in light of the generally dismissive attitude toward the teaching profession we've occasionally seen lately ... For completely nonwork related reasons, I was recently watching an old C-Span interview with Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning auth...

September 20, 2011

What Do Teaching and Manufacturing Have in Common?

In an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, authors Saul Rubinstein, Charles Heckscher and Paul Adler use the history of manufacturing in the United States to draw a parallel to the current "blame the teacher" attitude in public education.

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