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Obama administration directs schools to accommodate transgender students

The Obama administration on Friday directed schools across the nation to provide transgender students with access to suitable facilities — including bathrooms and locker rooms — that match their chosen gender identity.<p>The move<b>,</b> which affects all public schools and most colleges and universities …

LGBTQI

7-Year-Old Writes Fake Dismissal Note, School Doesn’t Bat An Eye

A resourceful 7-year-old girl Houston girl who didn’t feel like going to her after school program wrote an excuse note and passed it to staff at …

Parenting

Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma

Ken Yeh is the director of technology at Ontario Christian Schools, a private K-12 school near Los Angeles with about 100 children per grade. Three years ago, the school began buying Google Chromebook laptops for every student in middle and high school.<p>The students would be allowed to take them …

Mental Health

Watch This Badass Teacher Transform Beyoncé's 'Formation' Into A Geometry Anthem

Teacher Ciera Paul has a very straightforward goal for her seventh grade class: "Find the area and circumference of a circle when given a radius or …

Teaching

Five teachers reveal what it's like to work in an academy

George Osborne wants all schools to become academies – but what does this mean? We hear from those who have first-hand experience<p>George Osborne is shaking up the education system. In his latest budget, not only has he pledged to make the school day longer but he also wants all schools in England to …

Education

5 Ways for Teachers to Be Kind to Themselves

Good Friends by Juliana Coutinho via Creative Commons CC BY 2.0<p>When I was in my twenties, I regularly startled awake with terror, grabbed a small paper bag, and hyperventilated into it until I began to feel myself become lightheaded. In my thirties, I went to the emergency room twice for panic …

Diets

Teaching is facing a recruitment crisis. Here are five ways to turn it around

A shortfall in trainees threatens to plunge schools into crisis. As a secondary teacher, I can offer the Department for Education some hard-won advice<p>I became a teacher under duress, and that’s not an exaggeration. Teaching wasn’t a “calling” for me, nursed since youth, but a path based on a …

Education

How ‘Animaniacs’ Kept ’90s Kids Learning And Laughing After School

A ringing bell on a weekday afternoon meant the same thing for all school-aged children in the ’90s — closing time. Some of us went home, while others endured the after-school programs and daycare centers their parents enrolled them in. No matter where we went, if any of these places had a …

Warner Bros

Tuition-free online university draws immigrant students

She eventually got a waitress job, but still didn't earn enough to cover the cost of school or get enough time off work to attend class. When she heard about a tuition-free online university, Ordonez was skeptical but decided to give it a try.<p>Now, she's studying for her bachelor's degree in …

College & University

A plane passenger asked a teacher a kind of rude question about her job. She responded eloquently!

It's annoying when people mistakenly think your job is really simple.<p>Most people's lines of work are more intricate and multilayered than those who …

National Education Association

Teachers reveal the most ridiculous things parents have ever said to them

Teachers have listed some of the most ridiculous things parents have ever told them.<p>In a depressing thread on social website Reddit, teachers and …

This lovely Kickstarter project pairs kids drawings with artists across the world

In the UK, the cuts to arts and cultural programmes in schools have been severe. In America, too, there have been numerous campaigns to halt the erosion of opportunities for kids to embrace their creative side.<p>In one particularly moving video, George Lucas, actor John Lithgow and a host of others …

Teachers Respond: Veteran Teachers Cry In Their Cars, Too

One in 10 teachers will quit by the end of their first year — and getting through October and November is especially tough. Having someone to support you along the way can help.<p>Turns out there's a toolkit to help — as we wrote about this week. Thousands chimed in on Facebook and Twitter, and in the …

Teaching

After years of cuts, school districts face teacher shortages

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified District 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in four classes were greeted by a substitute.<p>The small district's human resources department had worked aggressively through the summer to attract new teachers. …

Education

We must despise our kids: Our ugly war on teachers must end now

Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing: Demonizing teachers. It’s the “reformers” doing the most harm<p>Last week’s jobs report showed the labor market decelerating. This appears to be the fifth straight year that promising signs in the winter end up softening in the summer and fall. And …

Education

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader in Common Core Math?

With school being back in session now for most, if not all, I am beginning to see the all too familiar homework complaints, especially with math homework, show up on my Facebook feed.<p>I realize that I am not the norm having been a math brainiac and even taught middle and high school math before …

Mathematics

The university with no students

No students were signed up for courses at this university's centre in London after a year the project was started<p>The University of South Wales (USW) opened a London centre last summer as part of a three-year project to expand its reach but it now finds itself with no students in the new satellite …

Key & Peele Sketch Imagines A World Where Teachers Are Paid Like Athletes And It's Awesome

The comedy duo eviscerate sports culture in support of the people who really deserve a signing bonus: public school teachers.

7 things I wish people understood about being a teacher - Vox

Before I decided to teach high school, I made a list of the things I enjoy doing: discussing books and movies, playing music, being around kids, basketball, cooking. I ruled out a few career paths immediately. I knew from working restaurant jobs as a teenager that the lifestyle of a chef wouldn't …

Teaching

Motivating the Unmotivated

In his book <i>Dropping Out</i>, Russell Rumberger lays out the societal consequences, including:<p>. . . poor academic performance in middle school and even …

Housing is so outrageously expensive in San Francisco the city can't hire enough teachers

So expensive, in fact, the city's schools can't hire enough teachers because the cost of living is so onerous.<p>According to a report from KTVU in San Francisco, the city's school district needs to find 51 more teachers in the 2 weeks before school starts, but is having trouble hiring due to the high …

San Francisco

17 Free Online Learning Sites that Provide High Quality Opportunities

One thing that you should never stop doing is learning, even if you are no longer in school. With the Internet, our opportunities to learn have never …

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system

How a promising but oversimplified idea caught fire, then got coopted by conservative ideology<p>One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its popularity).<p>Here's the sentence:<p><i>Kids tend to fare better when they</i> …

Education

America's Teachers Are the O.G. DIYers

My mom is a retired teacher and she worked in a terribly underfunded inner-city school. So, I'm no stranger to the bulletin-board struggle and the <i>extra</i>-resourcefulness of teachers when it comes to getting classrooms ready for fall. Naturally, this inspired the creation of the DIY for Teachers …

Teaching

A letter to the kindergarten teacher from an adoptive mom

Dear Kindergarten Teacher-<p>I am so not ready for back to school. So, so not ready. I wonder if you feel the same. As I scramble to get my kids ready for the first day of school, I imagine you’re doing the same thing. You’re probably setting up your classroom, wondering what the school year will …

Parenting

10 Things Smart Teachers Don't Do

Over at the Inc website, contributing editor Jeff Haden last week contributed "10 Things the Smartest People Never Do." It's business-oriented, but it actually translates well into the teaching world as well. Here's the teacherfied version of the list of things that smart people never do.<p>1. …

Teaching

Dear Teachers: You're Not Fooling Me

Dear teachers,<p>As a mom to a gaggle of kids, I'm a little consumed this time of year. I've spent hours at the store going over different school supplies lists and checking off stuff as I throw it in my cart. The total adds up in my head as I travel down each aisle, and I get a little sick to my …

Parenting

This District Has No Money, So Teachers Are Working Without Pay

When teachers at the Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania return to their jobs Wednesday for the first day of school, they will not be making minimum wage. In fact, they will not be making any money at all.<p>Educators and support staff at Chester Upland School District voted last week to …

Education