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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...

April 13, 2011

Community-Oriented Teaching

Brooklyn middle school teacher Ariel Sacks reports on a meeting with fellow Bank Street College of Education alums addressing the topic of the future of teacher preparation. The one thing the group definitively agreed on, she says, was that teacher prep programs need to do a better job of helping pr...

February 09, 2011

Rhee Teacher Firings Deemed Unjust

On Feb. 7, a Washington, D.C., arbitrator ruled that 75 public school teachers with probationary status were wrongly terminated under former school chancellor Michelle Rhee in 2008 and should be reinstated, reports The Washington Post. According to the ruling by Charles Feigenbaum, "The glaring and...

January 13, 2011

Teachers Are Not Social Workers

Teachers should spend less time worrying about students' problems at home and more time creating a positive learning environment at school, wrote Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson. He raised the concern that some teachers, especially those in training, "think that their number one calling in life is to ...

December 15, 2010

Putting the Power in Teachers' Hands

In an Ohio district, schools use peer evaluations--a process put in place by a former teachers' union president--to decide whether rookie teachers keep their jobs.

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