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August 05, 2011

Bringing Chinese Teachers to U.S. Schools

School districts across the country will soon welcome Chinese teachers into their schools once classes begin. According to the Los Angeles Times, 176 teachers from China have been chosen to participate in a guest teacher program put together by the College Board and Hanban (the Chinese government's ...

August 04, 2011

Policy Expert's Response to SOS: Duncan Is Doing His Job

The SOS March in Washington has ended, but Kevin Carey, the policy director at the Washington think tank Education Sector, is still in a state of confusion about what it was really all about.

July 29, 2011

Survey: Alternative Teacher Certification on the Rise

Four out of 10 new public school teachers hired since 2005 came through alternative teacher-preparation programs, according to a survey just released by the National Center for Education Information. That's up from 22 percent of new teachers hired between 2000 and 2004.

July 27, 2011

Walton Foundation Gives Nearly $50 Million to TFA

The Walton Family Foundation will invest $49.5 million in the national Teach For America over three years, according to a release from the Bentonville, Ark.-based nonprofit organization.

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 20, 2011

D.C. Update: Allegedly False Test Scores Used for Value-Added Calculations

Student test scores from 100 District of Columbia public schools still under investigation for cheating in past years were used in value-added calculations that were incorporated into some teachers' evaluations this year, which could have created an falsely high start for the students.

July 18, 2011

When Value-Added Evaluations Meet Cheating Allegations

Were student test scores from DC schools where the cheating investigations are ongoing used to evaluate teachers?

July 18, 2011

Are U.S. Teachers Teaching Too Much?

U.S. teachers spend more hours per year on classroom instruction than teachers from other major developed countries, according to data from 2008 (the most recent year available) collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The Wall Street Journal reports that among the 27...

July 11, 2011

Teachers Speak Out

Frustrated by a lack of opportunity for teachers to participate in policy decisions, a Florida teacher has launched a new website which aims to connect teachers across the state and address issues important to educators. Mike Rychlik, who teaches at SAIL High School in Leon County, Fla., told Florid...

July 06, 2011

Teachers Who Make House Calls

A group of teachers at Carney Academy in New Bedford, Mass., paid visits to their students' homes this past year, for no other reason than to get to know their parents better, reports the South Coast Today. The teachers visited 30 (out of 500-plus) of their students' families once in the fall and o...

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