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July 12, 2010

TFA, Not Just a Plan B

Stiff competition for a slot in the Teach for American program points to a tough economy and a determined group of applicants.

June 23, 2010

Teacher Layoffs: It's About the Students

On The Huffington Post, Tom Brenner, a laid off art teacher, responds to the apparent public apathy toward teacher job cuts: But understand this—teachers losing their jobs isn't about just teachers, it's about the students. Students don't get laid off—they continue to be required to come...

June 22, 2010

Wanted: Teacher Bloggers

I received an interesting e-mail today: Teaching Tolerance, which is run by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is looking for teacher bloggers: Teaching Tolerance is looking to expand its corps of bloggers. Specifically, we're looking for teachers who already blog and who want to reflect upon day-to-...

June 21, 2010

21st Century Interviewing Advice

Will Richardson responds to the question,"If you were a principal of a new school and you were hiring teachers, what would you look for?" Above all, he says, he'd look for candidates who ask "why" instead of "how": I think that's one of the first things I'd look for, people who are asking why. Wh...

June 15, 2010

Are We Perpetuating Myths About Teacher Layoffs?

A Washington Post opinion writer suggests that the "300,000 impending teacher layoffs for next year" figure has been skewed by teachers and media pundits alike.

June 11, 2010

Testing Accountability Causing Teachers to Cheat?

With standardized tests gaining increased importance in education policy, experts say teachers have increasingly been helping their students cheat on the tests.

June 11, 2010

Amid Teacher Layoffs, Is TFA Still Needed?

Having weathered some 540 teacher job cuts—with more possibly to come—some educators in Clark County, Nev., are wondering why their district still needs Teach for America, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Why are they still coming here?" asks Justin Brecht, a Las Vegas element...

June 04, 2010

Affording Quality Teachers

My colleague over at Education Week, Debra Viadero, wrote about an interesting teacher quality study in her Inside School Research blog today. In "Opportunity at the Top: How America's Best Teachers Could Close the Gaps, Raise the Bar, and Keep Our Nation Great," researchers at Public Impact explore...

June 03, 2010

More Budget Cuts Ahead?

Thirty-three states across the nation have proposed cutting K-12 spending in the 2011 fiscal year.

May 28, 2010

Hard Times for Okla. Teachers

Oklahoma teachers got some tough news this week that could hit them in their wallets.

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