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May 11, 2011

Why Did Duncan's Letter Backfire?

In case you missed the fireworks last week, Diane Ravitch recaps the negative reaction to Education Secretary Arne Duncan's open letter to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. A memorable way of putting it: It [the letter] should have been about as controversial as the president's annual Tha...

May 10, 2011

Another Teacher-Ratings Stir in L.A.

This past Sunday, the Los Angeles Times released a major update to its elementary school teacher value-added ratings, much to the chagrin of many teachers, administrators, and civic leaders in the community. The teachers' ratings are determined by their students' progress on the California Standards...

May 06, 2011

Standards for Teacher-Leaders Unveiled

Hot on the heels of the release of an updated set of teacher standards, a different consortium has released a similar set for teacher-leaders—those teachers who now serve in the coaching, mentoring, curriculum writing, and other roles that have proliferated over the last decade.

May 06, 2011

Teacher Ambassadors Highlight the Complexity of Education Policy

Yesterday I had the chance to speak with several Teacher Ambassador Fellows at the teacher town hall meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.

May 03, 2011

Growing Teachers

Loudoun County, Va., one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, is developing its own corps of teachers through an initiative it started eight years ago called the Teacher Cadet program. According to the Washington Post, Loudoun created the program in order to recruit and train a new generat...

May 02, 2011

2011 Nat. Teacher of the Year Awardee Noted for Reaching Out to Underserved Students

Michelle Shearer, a chemistry teacher at Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Md., has been selected as the 61st National Teacher of the Year, according to the Council of Chief State School Officers.

April 29, 2011

Happy Friday: Professional Perks Dept.

Just when you thought everyone was against teachers: We just got a press release informing us that, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6), Red Roof Inn is offering teachers (with, ahem, proper documentation) a 15 percent discount during May. Bonus: The release specifically notes that many ...

April 28, 2011

Obama Recognizes Outstanding K-6 STEM Teachers

The White House just announced the names of 85 kindergarten through 6th grade teachers who will receive the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which is awarded each year to outstanding science and mathematics teachers throughout the nation. The award alternat...

April 06, 2011

Teacher Suspended Over Facebook Post (Round Two)

Another teacher has garnered national attention as well as a suspension for posting a comment about her students on her Facebook page.

April 06, 2011

National Board President to Step Down

Joseph A. Aguerrebere, the president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, will step down June 30 after eight years of service, the organization announced in a statement.

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