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October 11, 2011

A Lesson in Life-Saving

Two quick-thinking and remarkably composed phys. ed. coaches at a middle school outside Dallas are being credited with saving a 12-year-old girl's life last month.

October 04, 2011

Teacher Induction Advocates Extol ... Teacher Induction

At a conference in Washington on Tuesday, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, advocates for strengthening new-teacher supports gathered to shift the teacher effectiveness discourse, at least temporarily, from evaluation to induction.

September 15, 2011

Deal of the Day: Teacher Prep?

Groupon in Chicago was offering a 57 percent discount on a teacher prep course.

August 18, 2011

Should Teachers Make House Calls?

The Washington Post's Jay Mathews is taking a thrashing from some commenters following a blog post touting the benefits of having teachers visit student homes.

July 21, 2011

NCTQ Ed. School Review Raises Temperatures

At an event yesterday promoting a National Council on Teacher Quality report about teacher preparation (see Stephen Sawchuk's piece), the conversation quickly became contentious when it turned to an impending teacher-education school review. In 2012, U. S. News & World Report will publish the find...

July 01, 2011

Teaching Kids About Helping Others

A group of teachers in Hamilton County, Tenn., are spending some of their summer vacation doing community service as part of a state Service Learning certification program, according to WRCB TV Channel 3. The Chattanooga news station says the program gives teachers classroom and curriculum training ...

May 31, 2011

Digital Ed's 'Pied Piper'

Steven Pearlstein at The Washington Post offers a lofty vision for the future of the U.S. education system, in which students do most of their learning through individualized online programs.

May 06, 2011

Standards for Teacher-Leaders Unveiled

Hot on the heels of the release of an updated set of teacher standards, a different consortium has released a similar set for teacher-leaders—those teachers who now serve in the coaching, mentoring, curriculum writing, and other roles that have proliferated over the last decade.

May 06, 2011

Teacher Ambassadors Highlight the Complexity of Education Policy

Yesterday I had the chance to speak with several Teacher Ambassador Fellows at the teacher town hall meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.

April 19, 2011

I Took a PD Course and All I Got Was This Stupid Certificate

Is it fair to ask teachers to implement differentiated learning for their students when many school systems don't customize professional development learning experiences for their teachers? Bill Ferriter explores this topic in his latest blog post in The Tempered Radical, in which he argues that "le...

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