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States Escaping No Child Left Behind Can Get More Time On Teacher Evaluations

For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educators partially in accordance with students' standardized test scores. But on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced most states …

Rating teachers not as easy as 1, 2, 3

The idea seems simple enough: Identify the best teachers and reward them. Pinpoint the worst and fire them.<p>That’s been a linchpin of the Obama administration’s education agenda from the start.<p>But now the administration’s initiative is in disarray, with states scaling back, slowing down and, in some …

Why so many teachers feel so bad so much of the time

It’s no secret that most teachers today feel demoralized — poll after survey tells us so, and it’s no wonder, given that they feel school reformers have put targets on their backs with teacher evaluation systems they feel are unfair and support for programs that they believe belittle their …

Teaching

Teachers Rally Against Standardized Testing At No Child Left Behind Hearing

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for turning into a "bad teacher" to prepare them for the Regents exams.<p>On Wednesday morning, he spoke of this experience to the Senate Health, …

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and teacher evaluations: Standardized test scores are the wrong place to focus.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal for overhauling how teachers are evaluated, compensated, and protected from losing their jobs appears to be …

Education

Yelp for teachers is a terrible idea | Valerie Braman

A Virginia parent sued for teacher evaluation and observations to be made available to the public - but educators are more than just a set of scores<p>Using student standardized test scores to evaluate teachers, a trend gaining steam in a growing number of states in recent years as a result of the …

Which countries execute people? And how do they do it?

OVER 3,000 PEOPLE were estimated to have been executed across the world last year.<p>They were killed in countries from America to China to Taiwan and …

Minnesota faces teacher shortage, but how best to fix it?

Minnesota faces a growing shortage of teachers in key specialties, and educators and policymakers are divided over how to attract and retain …

Obama's New Waiver Policy: Some Children Left Behind?

Just as conservatives hate Obamacare and gay rights activists loathe Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, so teachers and principals get apoplectic over No Child Left Behind (or NCLB). It is the most despised piece of education legislation since mandatory school bussing. Except NCLB was passed in 2002 with …

In test-based systems, even young kids resist learning

Children show a vastly improved ability to absorb knowledge when they are allowed to make some of their own decisions about what they want to …

Pedagogy

Of Teachers and Educational Technology

<i>Writing credit: Co-authored by Lakshmi, a Mobicip blogger who is just as passionately opinionated about the juxtaposition of technology, parenting and education.</i><p>Introduction of any new tool into academia is a matter of great interest among educators, students and parents. This is particularly …

Are teachers hard-working professionals?

Dirk Van DammeHead of the Innovation and Measuring Progress division, Directorate for Education and Skills <br>Average number of 60-minute hours lower …

Steps to Create the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and …

Threatening to strike, teachers rally in downtown Los Angeles

Thousands of Los Angeles-area educators and their supporters rallied in a massive downtown protest Thursday, demanding smaller classroom sizes and …

How Curriculum Innovation Works (and Doesn’t)

<i>This week The Knight Foundation released “Above and Beyond,” a report on the future of journalism education authored by Stephens College President</i> …

Call for schools to have a more active role in teaching character and morality

School-age children who attend church, do charity work or sing in choirs are likely to display more sophisticated moral judgments than their peers who play sport, according to a large-scale national survey conducted by Birmingham University.<p>The survey of 10,000 pupils aged 14 and 15 in secondary …

Common Core Math for Teachers app review: a cutting-edge app that improves the math skills of students

Introduction<p>Common Core Math for Teachers is a unique application. It is the only program in the App Store that has been designed by teachers for the …

MUST SEE: Angry Teacher Destroys Common Core In Emotional Video

Feb. 28: This week’s Talking Point – teaching kids about sex. Plus letters to the editor

Advocates for <b>Ontario's new sex ed curriculum</b> say it's just <b>catching up</b> <b>with the rest of Canada</b>. Critics say it <b>doesn't respect parental boundaries</b>, that same-sex relationships aren't a topic for eight-year-olds. Readers, print and digital, join the …

Well designed school classrooms 'boost academic success'

<b>Well designed classrooms boost the academic performance of primary school children, a study suggests.</b><p>Researchers from Salford University said the layout, construction and decoration of classes had a significant impact on reading, writing and maths.<p>Natural light, temperature, air quality and …

Teachers at Top Brooklyn Schools Ask Parents to Help Save Their Jobs

PARK SLOPE — Teachers at some of Brownstone Brooklyn's top-performing schools say Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed teacher evaluation system could cost …

Difficulty with Transitions: How Teachers Can Assist Students on the Autism Spectrum

All students must change from one activity or setting to another throughout the school day. Transitions naturally occur frequently and require …

Teachers complain about revised CPS discipline policy

Teachers at a West Town school say a revised student discipline code that scales back suspensions and expulsions has left them struggling to deal with unruly students.<p>"There were no structures put in place to support this code of conduct," said Megan Shaunnessy, a special education teacher at De …

Fast-track, 6-week program to become a teacher an 'expensive experiment', union says

A controversial program aimed at fast-tracking teachers into disadvantaged public schools has been labelled an "expensive experiment" by the …

Education

7 Great Google Forms Tools for Teachers

Store and pull from lists that you use regularly in Forms, like a list of staff, students, rooms, resources or anything you want.<p>formRanger allows …

Should LGBT Teachers Come Out to Their Pupils?

We talked to a gay and trans teacher about what it's like to be out—and not out—in the classroom.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>For many LGBT students who brave coming out at school, the harsh reality is getting bullied the hell out of. Schools themselves are rarely set up to cope with …