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October 10, 2012

What Do We Do on Monday Morning?

What do we do on Monday morning is the perennial question that arises after attending a conference where heady ideas are discussed in an atmosphere of urgency and expectation. The question certainly was on my mind as I settled into my flight home from Paris after attending World Teacher's Day at UN...

October 05, 2012

Making the Teaching Profession a Profession

[Editors' note: Below is the text of a speech given today by Ronald Thorpe, president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, at the World Teachers' Day summit in Paris. Thorpe was a panelist for a discussion on improving teachers' status. As in all our opinion blogs, the views ex...

October 05, 2012

Bonjour! It's World Teachers' Day!

Bonjour and bienvenue to World Teachers' Day from Paris, France! Photo from my wandering yesterday at Jardin du Musée Rodin Ron Thorpe and I were among the first to arrive at UNESCO headquarters for the official program. I've got my croissant and tea, and I'm ready to take a stand for teachers....

October 03, 2012

How the World Recruits Teachers

One of the major topics of discussion at the UNESCO World Teachers' Day summit on Oct. will be elevating the status of the teaching profession. I've lost count of how many times I've heard in that U.S. teachers need a major public relations campaign. People keep saying it because it's true. A criti...

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