Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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The Testing Obsession and the Disappearing Curriculum The Testing Obsession and the Disappearing Curriculum

By Tim Walker Not that long ago, elementary schools were places where students could discover what they were good at, explore the subjects that appealed to them, or maybe just be content with enjoying school. But for many elementary school teachers who joined the profession during the last decade, and especially those who work in high-poverty schools,... [Read more]

Lily Eskelsen García Takes the Helm of the NEA Lily Eskelsen García Takes the Helm of the NEA

By Brenda Álvarez As a child, Lily Eskelsen García was quiet, studious and introverted. The second eldest of six siblings, she often played alone with her dolls while her sisters played together. She kept her head in books, did well in school, but never talking about her future. The Lily Eskelsen García of today is far from quiet. Speaking to delegates... [Read more]

Back to School 2014: Ten Soul-Saving Tips for New Teachers Back to School 2014: Ten Soul-Saving Tips for New Teachers

By Susan Anglada Bartley Susan Anglada Bartley, M.Ed, is the winner of the 2014 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. In 2013, she was awarded the NEA’s H. Councill Trenholm Human & Civil Rights award for her commitment to creating greater equity in public education. She teaches AP English and coordinates the Advanced Scholar Program... [Read more]

NEA Hosts Clinic for Students Eligible for Deferred Action NEA Hosts Clinic for Students Eligible for Deferred Action

By Brenda Álvarez Ten years ago, Aura Menjivar Lara made the long and harrowing trek from El Salvador to the U.S. She left her homeland—riddled with violence and despair—with dreams of a better life. Today, she wears an ankle monitor, which is usually reserved for convicted criminals on parole, fears deportation and the loss of her son, 7, to a... [Read more]

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Must Reads

Why One School System is Dropping Teach For America

The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two years of service they promise to make when joining the organization. several board members said they did not want to continue a relationship with the organization because TFA corps members are highly inexperienced. There were also concerns expressed that corps members are required only to promise to stay for two years. Source: The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet


Reviving the Teaching of Cursive

The trend around the United States is to emphasize keyboarding – a skill that is included in the Common Core education standards adopted by most states. But Tennessee lawmakers, concerned that some children do not have a signature and struggle to read their teachers’ handwriting, overwhelmingly passed a bill making cursive a mandatory subject in grades two through four. Keyboarding and print writing will still have their place, but legible penmanship will be required by third grade. Source: The Huffington Post

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Ahead in Ed

NEA’s 2014 Back to School Tour

With the start of the new school year, the National Education Association (NEA) is set to hit the road for its “Back to School” tour. Beginning in California on August 19th, other stops are scheduled for Florida, New Jersey, and Texas, where Lily Eskelsen García, the newly elected NEA President who takes office on September 1, and other NEA leaders will meet with members and community partners to raise awareness on issues affecting the nation’s public schools. Check here for daily updates.

NSTA 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.

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