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February 03, 2011

School of Hard Knocks: the NFL and Teaching

Two months after AFT President Randi Weingarten commented that education can learn a lesson about performance evaluations from National Football League teams, Eduwonk Andrew Rotherham checks in with a couple of experts on the validity of the comparison. In a piece on Time.com, Rotherham interviews T...

January 21, 2011

Teacher Discounts: Where Are They?

Looking for ways to save money? Gift Card Granny provides a list of stores that reward teachers with discounts on everything from food, clothing, and school supplies to hotels and museums.

January 13, 2011

Teachers and the New Economic Reality in Education

This week Education Week released its annual Quality Counts report. The focus this year is on the "new economic reality" in education. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, you should. And I'm not just saying that because it's an Education Week publication. Reading it this morning, I was stru...

January 11, 2011

'Teacher Attack Day' No Joke Amidst Recent Violence

Last week, six middle school girls in Nevada were arrested for planning to participate in a "Teacher Attack Day" organized through Facebook.

December 29, 2010

South Korea Turns to Robot Teachers

South Korea has recently deployed 29 robots to teach in around 20 elementary schools.

December 15, 2010

Putting the Power in Teachers' Hands

In an Ohio district, schools use peer evaluations--a process put in place by a former teachers' union president--to decide whether rookie teachers keep their jobs.

November 24, 2010

Does TFA Have the Corner on the Teacher Job Market?

A Baltimore City teacher blames Teach for America for her difficulty finding a job, and says the program "pretends to have the solution."

November 22, 2010

Teaching in a Flat World

New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman—purveyor of the "The World Is Flat" trope—bemoans the current indicators of the state of U.S. schools and praises U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's efforts to introduce performance pay and increased competition into the teaching profession. ...

November 22, 2010

Class-Size Tradeoffs

Renee Moore questions the wisdom of the the idea—raised in recent days by both Bill Gates and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—of paying effective teachers more for taking on larger class sizes: Giving the most effective teachers larger classes is NOT a way to reward them, but it ...

November 18, 2010

Duncan: Stop Paying Teachers Like 'Interchangeable Widgets'

An Arizona superintendent who cut $8 million from the budget without laying off teachers and the Secretary of Education discussed the need for education leaders to make "creative and bold" fiscal choices.

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