August 2010 Archives

Ariel Sacks worries that the increased focus on "data and test preparation has created a new kind of distance between today's teachers and students.


Education policy writers Andrew J. Rotherham and Daniel Willingham argue that the 21st-century skills movement, despite its obvious relevance to the needs of today's students, risks devolving into a mere fad if reformers don't devote more attention to the infrastructure (both organizational and intellectual) of teaching and learning.


Grace Rubenstein of Edutopia writes on some remarkable research showing that periodically giving African-American students a chance to write about their personal values can significantly boost their performance across academic subjects.


Despite $10 billion in new federal funding explicitly designed to save educator jobs, many teachers who've been laid off may not be called back to the classroom anytime soon


Facebook is suing a yet-to-be-launched social network called Teachbook over the use of the suffix "book" in their name.


The Lodi School District in New Jersey will soon have teachers testing students with formative assessments in the middle of instructional units, to allow teachers to focus on problem spots before moving onto new material.


The Wall Street Journal notes the flaws of test-based teacher evaluations, but proposes ways to incorporate student test scores into teacher evaluations fairly and effectively.


John Merrow of Learning Matters defends the recent L.A. Times series that analyzes individual teachers' effectiveness—with names named—in connection with student test scores


A former classmate of the recently deceased Robert Byrd can't keep out of the classroom, even at 94 years of age.


A new boys' middle school in Berkeley, Calif., has structured its curriculum around the principle that young boys tend to be energetic and always on the move.


After behind-closed-doors negotiations broke down, Seattle Public Schools and their teachers have gone to the public to fight the use of test scores in teacher evaluations.


In tough economic times, schools are asking students to come to class prepared with more than just pencils, paper, and binders.


That Los Angeles Times series that analyzes district test-score data in connection with teacher effectiveness has created an absolute firestorm of controversy. Want to talk about it? Well, we've created a forum where you can do just that. It would be great to hear what teachers themselves have to say about this issue. Chime in. Update, 8/19: The authors of the L.A. Times report will be live chatting at 2 p.m. ET today, on the L.A. Times' website....


Kirsten Olson, author of Wounded by Schools, wonders why the "industrial model" of schooling so stubbornly persists despite being commonly seen as dysfunctional and outmoded.


The Los Angeles Times hired an economist and education researcher to conduct a value-added analysis of recent standardized test scores, in order to get a scientifically-based measure of teacher effectiveness.


Four hundred or so new D.C. teachers are starting the school year amid a climate of controversy as tensions between Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and the President of the D.C. teachers' union George Parker continue to run high.


Tuesday's passage of the edujobs bill did not sit well with everyone, and has some blaming teacher salaries and benefits for the state of the economy.


President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden Tuesday morning, urging the House to pass the edujobs bill.


Teachers at the prestigious Hunter College High School, a New York City public school, are fighting the school's administration over what they believe are discriminatory admissions policies.


A Georgia teacher called the police to report a prowler, and became the victim of police brutality.


In her graduation speech to her fellow classmates, a N.Y.-based valedictorian discusses how schools currently don't promote a learning culture.


Can the psychology behind Alex Rodriguez's sudden home-run struggles that preceded his 600th home run be applied to test-taking?


The Oklahoman cites the performance-based firings of hundreds of educators by D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee as a rare example of holding teachers accountable.

A bill that could spare as many as 140,000 teaching jobs is one step closer to passing in the Senate this week.


Experts worry that a lack of black and Hispanic teachers in Texas could hinder the achievement of minority students there.


A Brooklyn teacher goes to extreme measures to avoid her classroom observation.


Check out these posters with back-to-school lessons for teachers and students alike.


In an interesting piece on The Huffington Post, the writer and psychologist Thomas Moore (of Care of the Soul fame) argues that education in our country is oriented too much around the aquisition of "things"—i.e., "filling our minds with stuff"—and not enough around personal development:


Bill Ferriter announces "Epic Tech Failure Day"—a forum-cum-contest in which teachers are asked to submit short pieces describing a classroom-tech meltdown they've experienced.


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