A recent study of college graduates involved with Teach for America in some capacity revealed a surprising lack of interest in civic involvement, according to a recent article from The New York Times. The study, called "Assessing the Long-Term Effects of Youth Service: The Puzzling Case of Teach for America," was conducted by sociologist Doug McAdam and his colleague Cynthia Brandt of Stanford University, at the request of Teach for America founder and president, Wendy Kopp. McAdam and Brandt surveyed every TFA candidate between 1993 and 1998, comparing graduates of the program to "dropouts" (those who entered the program, but ...


Does being certified guarantee good teaching? That's the question NPR asked recently, after examining the Halifax County School District in rural North Carolina where only six of 10 students graduate high school, despite 98 percent of the staff being certified. In North Carolina, licensed teachers must demonstrate that their students are learning, and student test scores play a huge role in determining whether or not to renew a teacher's license every three years. "Student performance on assessments must be a major component in determining which teachers are effective," said Rebecca Garland, who oversees teacher licensing in the state. And yet, ...


For all the emphasis on interactive technology and hyper-connectivity in schools today, some educators are finding it can still be beneficial—maybe even essential—to expose their students to slower and more time-honored modes of learning. For example: The card game bridge is apparently gaining a toe-hold in schools, with a small but growing number of math teachers and after-school programs using it to teach strategy, concentration, and abstract-thinking skills. Seem too time-consuming or off-curriculum for you? Consider that both Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are known to be avid players and have contributed millions to the School Bridge League,...


A recent study of 3,001 children by the National Literacy Trust in the United Kingdom finds that children who engage with technology have stronger core literacy skills than their technologically unsound peers, according to BBC News. The survey found that 24 percent of children ages nine to 16 have their own blog, and that 82 percent of those children send text messages at least once a month. "This suggests a strong correlation between kids using technology and wider patterns of reading and writing," said Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust. "Engagement with online technology drives their enthusiasm ...


A bipartisan group in Congress hopes to expand the federally run Troops to Teachers program, which has helped nearly 12,000 former military members go from the armed forces to the classroom in the past 15 years, according to the New York Times. By all counts it is a diverse group. Men account for roughly 80 percent of the participants, and about 35 percent are members of minorities. Participants are being encouraged to fill some of the toughest teaching positions in math, science, and special education. Congressmen introduced legislation in October of this year that would allow service members with ...


More From NSDC, St. Louis-- Yesterday, my co-live bloggers Nancy Flanagan and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and I put ourselves in the spotlight and gave a presentation at the NSDC conference on "Leveraging Online Tools for Teacher Learning." I offered a short contextual intro (after figuring out how to work the microphone and realizing I shouldn't stand in front of the projector, that is), and then the pros took over. Nancy gave an excellent primer on the art of facilitating online training sessions, and Sheryl provided a stirring look at the transformational potential of new learning technologies (complete with a live Skyped-in ...


Live From NSDC, St. Louis-- Scene from "The Principal Story," a film exploring the gritty reality of being a principal in a tough school: The principal is prowling around a room filled with teachers, a staff meeting called to discuss student achievement. The looks on teachers' faces reveal the seriousness of the issues. There's more than a little anxiety. The principal says: "Who is the lowest-performing student in your class? How do you know he is the lowest? What is your evidence?" The teachers are thinking. Concentrating, chewing on their lips. Reluctant to write down any child's name, even though ...


Live From NSDC, St. Louis-- - Determined not to let lack of sleep, cold freezing rain, or flight delays keep me from St Louis or from attending the 41st NSDC Annual Conference, I dashed from the taxi, checked into the hotel and rushed to my room just in time to facilitate a couple of webinar sessions for a PLP cohort I am helping to lead. Anxiously, I finished up and was out the door to meet up with co-live bloggers Nancy Flanagan and Anthony Rebora. Dodging the cold wind while waiting for the shuttle, I ran into two educators from ...


Live From NSDC, St. Louis-- I didn't get to attend the Michael Fullan session yesterday, but a lot of people were talking about it, and I was interested to read Nancy's description of his emphasis on "broad goals" and cultural change as opposed to a fixation on detailed outcomes. Variations on this idea have popped up in several sessions I've attended--often enough that I think it could be designated as one theme of the conference. At a session I attended yesterday on instructional leadership, for example, author and University of Minnesota professor Karen Seashore Louis emphasized the importance of making "soft...


Live From NSDC, St. Louis-- At lunch, I sat next to three teachers from Iowa. Their school district has adopted a new formal peer coaching program, and they were attending a day-long session to learn about the model. Which is why, they said, the district popped for funding a national conference; they were very excited about the wealth of professional learning opportunities as well as the speakers and the exhibits. For the next few days, they're in the leadership club. They will be held accountable for bringing back and rolling out some specific skills and information. In the meantime, their ...


Advertisement

Recent Comments

  • Nancy Flanagan: A team of NEA-affiliate consultants: Ellen Holmes (ME), Jim Meadows read more
  • Tisha Rinker: Who was the presenter? read more
  • Susan Morrison: PD several times per week? Gasp! Are teachers to read more
  • Nancy: What a fantastic story! I hope the students are enjoying read more
  • Sclgoya: Education change, like fossil formation (http://www.k5geosource.org/content/dd/fossil/pg1.html (first page only)), can read more

Archives

Categories

Technorati

Technorati search

» Blogs that link here