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June 27, 2012

Novel Teacher-Retention Idea: Let Them Leave (for a While, Anyway)

In a Huffington Post column, Boston teacher Lillie Marshall says that taking a year-long leave of absence after her fifth year in teaching gave her the "renewed vigor and resources" she needed to continue in the profession and, not coincidentally, made her a much better educator. She extrapolates: ...

June 19, 2012

TFA Grows to 10K

Teach for America announced today that, as of this fall, the group will have more than 10,000 first- and second-year corps members working in schools—the largest corps yet and a 10 percent increase over last year's total. The organization has also become the top employer for graduating seniors ...

June 14, 2012

To Loop or Not To Loop?

Miss Eyre at NYC Educator offers some concise year-end reflections on looping with a class to the next grade level, which she did for the first time between 2010-11 and 2011-12. Among the pros, she says the stability of having the same teacher is good for "your fragile, awkward kids who tend to with...

June 13, 2012

Future Course: The Art of Online Teaching

Speaking of alternative career paths, Time has an interesting profile of a Colorado science teacher who, after being laid off from her classroom job, took a position with an online high school. She is now part of what's clearly a burgeoning industry: According to data cited in the article, 30 states...

June 11, 2012

Leaving Teaching: Options and Legacies

Pointing to a surge in teacher job losses in the region, an article in the Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch highlights alternative career options for educators. It cites the example of a 20-year teaching veteran in the area who four years ago started her own business as a district professional develo...

May 25, 2012

Teachers' Incredibly Shrinking Summer Break

Memorial Day Weekend Special: A Washington Post article reports on the apparent gradual erosion of the teaching profession's most envied perk—the summer break. With the nation's economy still staggering and promised salary increases on hold, the article says, many teachers opt to take seasonal ...

May 24, 2012

Tight Market: One Teacher's 7-Year Job Hunt

A news outlet in Ann Arbor, Mich., reports on a local educator—a former nonprofit professional in her 40s with an MA in education and an endorsement in learning disabilities—who has been looking for a full-time teaching position for seven years now.

May 21, 2012

Do School Rankings Mean Anything?

Our Classroom Q&A blogger Larry Ferlazzo's school, Luther Burbank High in Sacramento, Calif., has been named on Washington Post columnist Jay Mathew's list of America's Most Challenging High Schools, which ranks schools based on the number of students included in advanced or college-level courses. W...

May 08, 2012

Teacher: Software Can't Sub for Writing Instructors

English teacher Renee Moore follows up on that study finding that automated grading programs can assess student essays as effectively as human readers can. Moore says that her experience, it just so happens, has been exactly the opposite. Besides, she adds, responding to student writing is about mor...

April 26, 2012

Could Automated Graders Help Writing Teachers? What About Replace Them?

A new study out of the University of Akron has found that automated grading programs can assess student essays as effectively as human readers can. The study essentially compared computer-generated ratings to those of human scorers on thousands of essays written by high school juniors and sophomores...

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