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July 06, 2011

Teacher 'Term Limits' a Laughing Matter?

English teacher Randy Turner champions "term limits for teachers" of somewhere between four and eight years, saying that veterans like himself are "burdened with experience."

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 ...

June 29, 2011

Researchers: School-Level Incentives Unite the 'Tortoise and Hare'

School-level incentives for teachers are potentially more effective than individual incentives, according to a pair of researchers who spoke yesterday at an education-policy symposium in downtown Washington. Participating in a panel discussion on "Making Teacher Incentives Work" hosted by the Am...

June 29, 2011

What Summer Vacation?

Middle school teacher Miss Bluebird reports: Despite the fact that most everyone seems to think that teachers are sitting around drinking margaritas on their back deck or at a far-off beach all summer long, I'm sitting here at my computer working up rubrics, and assignments, and all sorts of thing...

June 29, 2011

More Teacher Job Cuts Anticipated

Nearly 84 percent of the nation's school districts anticipate funding shortfalls in the upcoming school year, and a majority of those districts (some 64 percent) plan to cut staff to make up the deficits, according to a report released this morning [PDF] by the Washington-based Center on Education P...

June 28, 2011

Diversifying Teaching Staffs an Uphill Battle

The Wake County school system in Raleigh, N.C., is on a mission to recruit male and minority teachers, reports the News & Observer. The paper, which covers Raleigh, notes that 50.5 percent of the students in the district are minorities, while 85 percent of the teachers are Caucasian. Since Tony Tat...

June 27, 2011

What's Your Passion?

Here's a good career-path gut-check question to ponder over the summer (just in case you were looking for one). By now most educators are familiar with TED Talks, the influential, Web-distributed presentations in which innovative thinkers share their ideas and inspiration. But could you deliver one?...

June 17, 2011

Teacher Fired, Even After Running 100 Miles for Supplies

Sorry to put a damper on your weekend, but ... Remember Rafael Martin, the special education teacher who ran 50 miles last fall and received high praise for raising $12,000 in school supplies? (That's the same teacher who, according to My Fox Tampa Bay, had attempted the 50-mile run last May and wa...

June 13, 2011

Speed Dating for Teachers

Hundreds of displaced teachers in Providence, R.I., applied for new positions in the district by "speed dating" principals, according to National Public Radio's Elizabeth Harrison.

June 08, 2011

Do Schools Need 'Pit Crews' Rather Than 'Cowboys'?

Last month, the surgeon-writer Atul Gawande gave a much talked-about commencement address at the Harvard Medical School entitled "Cowboys and Pit Crews." Gawande's argument, in essence, is that doctors' conception of their work needs to undergo a major paradigm shift. As members of an elite, speci...

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