Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reading Magic Hits Denver

July 2, 2014 by clong  
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By Anita Merina Seuss was on the loose in Denver, Colorado, July 1 as three hundred local students descended upon the Denver Public Library for a bit of reading magic and a visit from the Cat in the Hat. and Thing 1 and Thing 2.  Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock welcomed students to the Read [...]

Kentucky Teacher of the Year and NEA Master Teacher Lauds Online Lesson Plan to Meet Common Core State Standards

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By Janet Mednik Some may think that a state Teacher of the Year has all the answers, but Kristal Doolin, Kentucky’s top educator in 2013, knows that the classroom is a hotbed for vexing questions. Fortunately, she understands that the answers to tough questions, including the best ways to implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS), [...]

National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductees Address Issues Facing Education

June 13, 2014 by clong  
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The National Teacher’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014 inductees took part in a variety of activities on Emporia State University campus Wednesday, including a roundtable discussion about issues facing education today. The discussion was moderated by Keith Geiger, Trustee on the NTHF board. Geiger asked tough questions of the inductees regarding their views on issues like [...]

Teacher, School Accountability Systems Shaken Up

June 13, 2014 by clong  
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Many states are moving to delay or alter test-based accountability for schools and teachers, as tests associated with the Common Core State Standards head for their debut nationwide in the coming school year. The changes—some proposed and some already in effect—are also taking place as states consider the status of their waivers from certain portions [...]

House Delays Vote on Easing School Meal Standards

June 13, 2014 by clong  
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A House vote on an Agriculture Department spending bill containing a provision that would allow schools to opt out of the Obama administration’s nutrition standards for school meals has been delayed until sometime next week. Under the new rules, schools are required to add more fruits and green vegetables to school breakfasts and lunches; the [...]

Arkansas ESP Shares Lessons On Reaching for the Stars

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Educators may spend their careers preparing lessons, but often the most memorable are those they learn themselves.  With that in mind, NEA Today asked school staff –  everyone from classroom teachers and bus drivers to guidance counselors and school nurses – to share the everyday lessons they’ve picked up along the way in a series called “What I’ve Learned.” [...]

Teacher Tenure Ruling in California Is Expected to Intensify Debate

June 12, 2014 by clong  
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The landmark court decision on Tuesday finding California’s teacher tenure laws unconstitutional is likely to lead to a flood of copycat lawsuits in other states, shifting the battleground on the issue from the legislatures to the courts. Source: New York Times  

Is Anybody Listening to Teachers?

June 12, 2014 by clong  
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I am an English teacher who has been in the classroom for nine years. As an experienced educator, I have endured and complied with many new school policies and changes, most of which mainly affected teachers. But earlier this year my school was informed of some changes that would ultimately affect our students, and that [...]

Dennis Van Roekel: Our Accountability System Is Flunking Its Test

June 11, 2014 by clong  
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The idea that everything will be better if we test students and just “hold teachers accountable” for results is unfair to our students and insulting to those of us who devote our lives to educating kids….When we adjust the lens… the necessary elements of genuine accountability become clearer, writes Dennis Van Roekel in the Huffington [...]

Wrong Call: A California Judge Picks Big Money over Teachers and Students

June 10, 2014 by clong  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery A California judge’s ruling Tuesday against due process for teachers is as flawed as the meritless lawsuit filed by a billionaire boys’ club behind it—and the California Teachers Association (CTA) promised to appeal it on behalf of teachers and students. “Let’s be clear: This lawsuit was never about helping students, but [...]

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