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May 01, 2012

Identifying the Characteristics of Top Teachers

ASCD's EDge blog reports on the work of Teach For America's chief knowledge officer Steven Farr, who has spent a decade studying data and conducting observations in an effort to determine what distinguishes great teachers from their less effective peers. What he's found is that, in contrast to the H...

April 30, 2012

Gap-Narrowing Calif. District Gives Teachers Freedom to Experiment

According to the Los Angeles Times, Corona-Norco Unified School District, the 10th largest school system in California, has managed to avoid "the pitfalls common to similar districts with diverse student populations and budget constraints."

April 30, 2012

$25,000 and an Internship Awarded to Expert Teachers

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk Four teachers have been announced as the first recipients of the Fishman Prize from the New Teacher Project (TNTP), a teacher-training group. They'll each be awarded $25,000 and get the chance to participate in a summer internship with the organization. Before you ...

April 25, 2012

Teachers Shouldn't Be Pick-y

Could a teacher's bad habit compromise his classroom management? Emily Yoffe of Slate's Ask Prudence thinks so—and she has a nose for these sorts of things ...

April 23, 2012

California Teacher Named 2012 National Teacher of the Year

Rebecca Mieliwocki, a 7th grade English teacher in California, was named the 62nd National Teacher of the Year this morning. According to a press release from the Council of Chief State School Officers, which sponsors the annual award, Mieliwocki is a 14-year veteran teacher has been in her curre...

April 23, 2012

Could Online Ed. Alter School Staffing?

Covering a recent panel discussion at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute on technology and education reform, Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Maureen Downey notes that, for some experts, one of the key promises of digital-learning technology is that it could give more students access to the best ...

April 20, 2012

Is Discovery Learning the Way to Go?

The Deseret News, a newspaper in Utah, recently looked into what it called "one of the hottest trends in education theory": discovery learning.

April 17, 2012

Wounding Words From Teachers

Dan Brown, a Washington-based teacher who contributes to our Teaching Ahead virtual roundtable at times, has a compelling discussion going on on his Teacher Leaders Network blog about the "5 Worst Things a Teacher Can Say to Students." According to Brown, the No. 1 "absolute worst and most frequent...

April 11, 2012

Lottery Winners Teach a Rich Lesson

Talk about merit pay: A trio of educators from a Maryland school district—suspected to be in the Baltimore area—have claimed a share of the recent $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winners have chosen to remain anonymous, but they have been identified as a special education teacher, ...

April 06, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union Threatens to Strike

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said union members are showing "overwhelming" support for a strike, according to the Chicago Tribune. CTU and the Chicago Public Schools have been in contract negotiations for four months and are still far from coming to an agreement. The parties have b...

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