The Key to Fighting Privatization? Preparation
New Jersey local is hit hard by surprise announcement of privatization but acts fast
Americans Overwhelmingly Favor Expanding Early Childhood Education. Is Congress Listening?
Poll: Public supports new investments even if they increase deficit in the short term.
Educators Defeat Attempt to Strip Teacher Licenses Over Test Scores
Already under pressure from new evaluation system, Tennessee teachers say enough is enough.
New Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Mid- and Late-Career Teachers
Salaries for teachers with at least 10 years experience "painfully low" in many states.
Lessons From a Special Education Teacher: Be Flexible, No Labels, and Always Stay Organized
See your child for their ability, not their disability, says Amanda Lohrenz.
Must ReadsRun Schools Like a Business? Flip that Theory to See Flaws
Lisa Woods, a teacher in North Carolina, is sick and tired of hearing that all public schools should be run like a business and that teachers have extraordinary job protections that don’t exist in the private sector. “Applying the business model to schools is as absurd as applying the “school reality” to business. Until a better and fairer assessment and compensation structure is created, those “in the trenches” are actually consulted, and the reality of our working environment is considered and remedied, the symbolic little gesture of tenure will be an important one to insure that excellent teachers remain in North Carolina,” Woods writes. Source: Greensboro News-Record
What Motivates Teachers?
In a survey of U.S. workplace happiness, Gallup found that teachers are the least likely to say that their opinions count and the least likely to say that their supervisor creates an open and sharing environment - a troubling trend at a time when schools need to continue to attract high quality educators. KQED MindShift asked teachers what motivates them to keep teaching, as well as what changes they’d make to the system. Heres’ what they had to say. Source: KQED MindShift
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Ahead in EdNSTA New Science Teacher Academy – Deadline August 22
The National Science Teachers Association is currently accepting applications for the 2014–2015 New Science Teacher Academy. The Academy is a professional development initiative created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Visit NSTA for more information.
2014 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, June 26-July 6
Beginning this week, educators from around the country will arrive in Colorado’s Mile High City to rise to the challenge of setting public education policy. Nearly 9,000 National Education Association members from every state will come together to address issues facing schools, students, and the teaching profession during the National Education Association’s 152nd Annual Meeting and 93rd Representative Assembly (RA). Visit NEA.org for more information.
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