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July 18, 2011

When Value-Added Evaluations Meet Cheating Allegations

Were student test scores from DC schools where the cheating investigations are ongoing used to evaluate teachers?

July 18, 2011

Are U.S. Teachers Teaching Too Much?

U.S. teachers spend more hours per year on classroom instruction than teachers from other major developed countries, according to data from 2008 (the most recent year available) collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The Wall Street Journal reports that among the 27...

July 11, 2011

Teachers Speak Out

Frustrated by a lack of opportunity for teachers to participate in policy decisions, a Florida teacher has launched a new website which aims to connect teachers across the state and address issues important to educators. Mike Rychlik, who teaches at SAIL High School in Leon County, Fla., told Florid...

July 06, 2011

Teachers Who Make House Calls

A group of teachers at Carney Academy in New Bedford, Mass., paid visits to their students' homes this past year, for no other reason than to get to know their parents better, reports the South Coast Today. The teachers visited 30 (out of 500-plus) of their students' families once in the fall and o...

July 06, 2011

Teacher 'Term Limits' a Laughing Matter?

English teacher Randy Turner champions "term limits for teachers" of somewhere between four and eight years, saying that veterans like himself are "burdened with experience."

July 01, 2011

Teaching Kids About Helping Others

A group of teachers in Hamilton County, Tenn., are spending some of their summer vacation doing community service as part of a state Service Learning certification program, according to WRCB TV Channel 3. The Chattanooga news station says the program gives teachers classroom and curriculum training ...

June 29, 2011

Researchers: School-Level Incentives Unite the 'Tortoise and Hare'

School-level incentives for teachers are potentially more effective than individual incentives, according to a pair of researchers who spoke yesterday at an education-policy symposium in downtown Washington. Participating in a panel discussion on "Making Teacher Incentives Work" hosted by the Am...

June 29, 2011

What Summer Vacation?

Middle school teacher Miss Bluebird reports: Despite the fact that most everyone seems to think that teachers are sitting around drinking margaritas on their back deck or at a far-off beach all summer long, I'm sitting here at my computer working up rubrics, and assignments, and all sorts of thing...

June 29, 2011

More Teacher Job Cuts Anticipated

Nearly 84 percent of the nation's school districts anticipate funding shortfalls in the upcoming school year, and a majority of those districts (some 64 percent) plan to cut staff to make up the deficits, according to a report released this morning [PDF] by the Washington-based Center on Education P...

June 28, 2011

Diversifying Teaching Staffs an Uphill Battle

The Wake County school system in Raleigh, N.C., is on a mission to recruit male and minority teachers, reports the News & Observer. The paper, which covers Raleigh, notes that 50.5 percent of the students in the district are minorities, while 85 percent of the teachers are Caucasian. Since Tony Tat...

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