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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.

September 16, 2011

Teachers Tell Their Stories

StoryCorps, the nonprofit that records and archives the stories of everyday Americans, begins a new oral history project dedicated to teachers on Monday.

September 15, 2011

Deal of the Day: Teacher Prep?

Groupon in Chicago was offering a 57 percent discount on a teacher prep course.

September 07, 2011

Teachers Would 'Like' Parents to Read This

If the Facebook "Like" count at the bottom of this CNN article is any indication, you've probably already read "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents." (214,000 Likes in 24 hours? Really?) But if somehow this eluded you, it's an opinion piece by Ron Clark, author of The End of Molasses Classes...

September 01, 2011

Teacher Collaboration: The Missing Link in School Reform?

The current education reform ethos has centered on improving individual teachers' effectiveness and accountability—through merit-pay programs and the use of value-added performance data, for example. But in an interesting article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Carrie R. Leana, a prof...

August 29, 2011

Tying Pay to Teacher (Health) Evaluations

Teachers in one Nebraska school district who don't work to stay fit and healthy will pay for it—literally. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Millard Public Schools in Omaha, Neb., is attempting to reduce health care costs through a new wellness program aimed at prevention. Full-time employe...

August 25, 2011

Back-to-School Nightmares

Commenting on our post about educators' back-to-school activities, high school teacher Mary McConnell wonders if any other teachers tend to have anxiety dreams around this time of year. In a post on her blog on the Deseret News site, she describes her own annual sleep disturbances: I woke up this ...

August 22, 2011

Teacher Blogosphere Back-to-School Roundup

Just in time to get you motivated (or terrified, depressed, etc.), a sampling from recent teacher blog posts from around the Web: Nick Provenzano, on Edutopia, offers some ice-breaking tips for the first day of school. (Our favorite: "I love to tell an embarrassing story from school.") Middle scho...

August 19, 2011

English Teacher Rakes In $130K Salary

An assistant superintendent for Wake County Public Schools in Cary, N.C., has been demoted but will continue to earn his annual salary of $131,122 to teach English, according to The News & Observer. David Holdzkom, whose contract runs through June 2013, will be the highest-paid teacher in Wake, repo...

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