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February 15, 2012

Classroom Tech With a Human Touch

Earlier this week, The New York Times—which in the past has been criticized for negative coverage of educational technology—reported on a student-laptop program in the Mooresville, N.C., school district that has led to impressive gains in achievement and student engagement. The secret? By ...

December 06, 2011

When Consultants Get in the Way of Teaching

Renee Moore, an award-winning educator in Mississippi, tells the story of a talented young African-American history teacher of her aquaintance who is being driven out of the profession because of his frustration with a state-appointed teaching consultant at his school.

November 16, 2011

Note to Principals: Don't Leave Talent in the Parking Lot

The Harvard Gazette has a report on a panel discussion marking the 30th anniversary of The Principals' Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The discussion was titled "The Future of Leadership: Perspectives on the Principalship." Among the takeaways: • Education leaders need to ...

November 04, 2011

National Board Names New President

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the independent nonprofit organization that bestows advanced certification on qualifying educators, has named Ronald Thorpe as its new president and CEO. Thorpe, who is a well-known education advocate, began his career as a private school teac...

November 01, 2011

Report: Calif. Schools Lack Time for Science

California schools feeling the accountability squeeze are spending less time teaching science, despite the fact that educators say they recognize the importance of science instruction, according to a new report.

October 07, 2011

What Does a Master Teacher Do?

Apropos the current buzz on teacher-coaching, the Arizona Republic interviews a Mesa educator who's actually doing it: As a master teacher, I provide professional development for the teachers on our campus. That means I teach an instructional or a learning strategy during an hourlong meeting once ...

September 28, 2011

Doctor's Orders: Fund Teacher-Coaching Programs

Atul Gawande, the surgeon-writer featured in our recent first person piece about using checklists for reading instruction, has written another gripping New Yorker article with provocative insights that apply to both health care and education. This one is about coaching.

September 23, 2011

Teacher Makes $230,000 on Lesson Plans

Two years ago, Deanna Jump, a Georgia kindergarten teacher with two kids in college, was struggling to make it from paycheck to paycheck. More recently, though, she has found herself rocketing up the tax brackets. Jump is still teaching kindergarten—but she is now also the top seller on Teach...

September 01, 2011

Teacher Collaboration: The Missing Link in School Reform?

The current education reform ethos has centered on improving individual teachers' effectiveness and accountability—through merit-pay programs and the use of value-added performance data, for example. But in an interesting article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Carrie R. Leana, a prof...

August 18, 2011

Seeing Teachers as Learners

Elementary school principal Lyn Hilt praises Learning Forward's newly revised Standards for Professional Learning. In particular, she thinks the emphasis on "professional learning" (as opposed to the customary "professional development") could be transformative: Teachers are not to be treated as v...

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