For me this lawsuit, Reed v. State of California, which was won but then turned-over on appeal, lingers large in the backdrop of Vergara; it's the white elephant in the room every time I talk about teacher evaluations or effective teachers.
Teachers and the work they do are paramount to student achievement especially in Title I schools. So it would makes sense for ESEA funding to address teaching. The 2016 proposed budget for ESEA does this and more. The focus on teachers is not just about working conditions (i.e. class sizes, curriculum, etc.) but also about training, attracting, and retaining teachers.
I would like to discuss one issue with the ruling that I think we, as a nation, will start to discuss more and more and that is the rating of teachers as "Effective" or "Highly Effective."
Teachers weigh in on the debate over NCLB. Read to find out what some California teachers are thinking regarding Common Core State Standards, annual testing, and what the new law should focus on in the years to come.
I know you may be thinking, I don't have time to get involved in something else! But taking the time to get involved in education issues outside your classroom is a great way to stay connected with the larger issues at your school, in your district, and in your state. It's also a great way to keep recharging those batteries.
So now, in a way, I am program-less. There is no one teacher's guide that I regularly reference and where I find all my ready-made resources.
Teachers transitioning to the Common Core are all driving on a road that's dark except for the final destination. We have the added burden of building and modifying the car as we drive it, because there is no one curriculum to follow.
This entry explores collaboration between teachers. What is collaboration, how to go about collaborating, and the results are all topics discussed.
Why I made the decision to run for a seat in my union. I am not Pollyanna. I don't think that joining my union's 350-member house of representatives will cure the ills of education in this country, let alone in my state. But what's the old saying, "If you're not part of the solution then you're a part of the problem."
As a veteran teacher, I feel it's more important than ever for classroom teachers to speak up about their profession and to drive education policy instead of reacting to what the policymakers do.