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January 09, 2012

Pa. Teachers Agree to Work for Free

Teachers in Pennsylvania's Chester Upland School District have agreed to continue working even though the district can no longer afford to pay them.

January 05, 2012

Survey: Majority Say U.S. Teachers Underpaid

More than half of Americans believe that U.S. teachers are underpaid, according to a national telephone survey by Poll Position.

January 04, 2012

How Essential Are School Librarians?

School librarians in California are being forced to defend the continued viability of their trade.

December 01, 2011

Has TFA 'Lost Its Way'?

Former Teach for America corps member and recruiter Gary Rubenstein writes a damning critique of TFA on his blog, arguing that the organization has "lost its way" and is now contributing to the educational inequalities it seeks to eliminate. When he joined the organization 20 years ago, said Ruben...

November 14, 2011

A Status-Conscious Profession?

In a satirical "guide" to foreign tourists about the nature of inequalities in the U.S.--those that are socially acceptable vs. inacceptable to call attention to--David Brooks eventually picks on the teaching profession.

November 11, 2011

Should Teachers Take on Secretarial Duties?

NYC Educator is appalled by the way teachers in New York's absent-teacher reserve pool (that is, teachers who've lost their permanent positions and are reassigned to fill in at other schools) are being treated by the higher-ups. A female ATR was instructed to do secretarial duties. For those unfam...

October 31, 2011

Reader Reply: Underappreciated Teachers Can Find Better Options

Last week, we highlighted a study finding that minority teacher shortages are caused largely by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. In response, a teacher now working abroad sent us an email amplifying the point: My thoughts are that many minority teachers have probably had to struggle...

October 28, 2011

The Year Without Report Cards

As part of a contract dispute, teachers in British Columbia have been working on a limited-duties basis—or, depending on your perspective, you might say a focused-duties basis. They are still teaching in their classrooms, but they are refusing, among other things, to communicate with administra...

October 25, 2011

Study: Minority Teacher Shortages Linked to Poor Working Conditions

A new analysis of federal data suggests that minority teacher shortages are caused not by a lack of minority candidates entering the profession but by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. The study, conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers Richard M. Ingersoll and Henry May, fi...

October 20, 2011

Should Schools Screen Teachers for Innovation?

Reflecting on some recent biz-tech reading he's been doing, Bill Ferriter questions whether schools are doing enough—if anything—to evaluate prospective teacher-hires by their potential for innovation. He's developed a few sample interview questions to help them along. Here's a good one: ...

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