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December 31, 2012

2012's Educators of the Year

Michael Petrilli of the conservative-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Institute dubs Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, the "2012 Education Person of the Year." But the real education people of the year gave their lives for their students at Sandy Hook.

December 17, 2012

Remembering the Fallen Sandy Hook Educators

A number of educator-bloggers have drawn inspiration and a sense of professsional strength from the Sandy Hook teachers' actions.

December 13, 2012

Tackling Special Education Teacher Evaluation

For several years now, teacher evaluation has dominated education-policy discussions--but for the most part, the country's 430,000 special education teachers have been left out of the discussion.

December 11, 2012

Teacher Under Fire for Writing Erotica

An Ohio teacher is feeling the wrath of reproving parents and administrators after penning an erotic novel.

November 26, 2012

How Teachers Provide Shelter From the Storm

New York City math teacher José Vilson has a nice post-Hurricane Sandy refection on schools' often-under-appreciated role as the hub of community.

November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Writing Prompts (for Teachers)

A holiday teacher blogosphere roundup: Inspired by a session at a recent National Writing Project meeting, Bud the Teacher encourages educators to take 5 minutes to write about a teacher or mentor for whom they are thankful. Middle school teacher Bill Ferriter, as if on queue, expresses thanks fo...

October 26, 2012

AFT Pres. Weingarten Tested in Social-Media Exchange

For several hours—while traveling on a bus through Florida—Weingarten participated in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on the popular social news site. She answered questions on everything from Common Core (which she called "a big opportunity") to absent-teacher reserves ("I tried to close the Rubber Room several times") to her salary (around $360k, or 3.5 times what she could have made as a teacher in NYC). She also faced numerous accusations that she was dodging, cherry-picking, and "spouting talking points." One redditor chided her: "Don't shake the bee's nest if you're allergic."

October 25, 2012

Debit Cards for Teachers?

At an education summit today, Florida Governor Rick Scott said he wants to give teachers debit cards so that they no longer have to pay for classroom supplies out-of-pocket. The proposal is part of the Republican governor's 2013 education agenda, which you can find here. The agenda itself does not...

October 03, 2012

Teaching Awards Watch: Innovators Wanted

PBS LearningMedia is now accepting applications for its Teacher Innovator Awards, a program it operates in partnership with The Henry Ford museum complex.

September 27, 2012

Playing Favorites

A recent feature on CNN.com explores student favoritism in the classroom from the perspectives of a student, teacher, and child expert.

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