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May 03, 2013

Poll: AFT Members Support Both Common Core and High-Stakes Moratorium

In an encore to American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten's speech in New York City this week, which called for a moratorium on high stakes linked to common-core testing, the union released the results of a poll on how members perceive the new standards.

May 02, 2013

Principal Swaps Security Guards for Art Teachers

According to NBC News, a school in Roxbury, Mass., has seen positive effects--at least in terms of academics and school culture--from cutting back on school security, and using those funds to up arts instruction.

April 30, 2013

Want to Be a Better Teacher? Fail a Class

Ben Orlin, a high school math teacher in Oakland, Calif., has advice for fellow math teachers trying to reach their struggling students: Experience math failure for yourselves.

April 30, 2013

Weingarten: Wait a Year-Plus on High Stakes Around Common Core

This morning, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten gave a speech in New York City in which she called for a moratorium on high stakes associated with the impending common-core tests.

April 29, 2013

Jason Collins on Teaching 'Acceptance'

In a significant moment in professional sports history, Jason Collins, a 12-year veteran of the NBA, came out today as the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. team sport--and in doing so offered a charge to teachers.

April 24, 2013

Math Teacher's Lacrosse Points Seriously Add Up

Obscure but interesting factoid alert: Did you know that the highest scoring player in the history of professional indoor lacrosse is high school math teacher?

April 23, 2013

Amazon T.V. Pilot Shoots for the Hungover Teacher Demographic

In "Those Who Can't," a new comedy pilot from Amazon, three high school teachers face a common foe: a high school lacrosse player.

April 22, 2013

Art Teachers Celebrate Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Today is a day when many science and environmental teachers plan creative activities for their students that often extend beyond the classroom. But did you know that art teachers are getting involved as well? Here are a few of the ways that schools used art classes to increase awareness of the environment.

April 18, 2013

Researcher: Math and Science Teachers Should Get Higher Pay

New research from the Brookings Institution provides empirical backing for the widely held notion that that math and science teachers can generally find higher paying jobs outside of education.

April 17, 2013

Teacher Tells Students to Take Nazi Viewpoint

Here's the latest in homework-assignment mishaps: A 10th grade English teacher in Albany, N.Y., asked her students to write an essay from the point of view of a Nazi and to argue that "Jews are evil," according to The New York Times.

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