Friday, July 25, 2014

Educators Defeat Attempt to Strip Teacher Licenses Over Test Scores

July 24, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler School districts continue to make high-stakes decisions about teacher performance based on how well students perform on state mandated tests, despite mounting opposition across the nation. Yet no state has tied renewal of teaching licenses to test scores – but Tennessee recently came close. Last year, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman began [...]

NRA Video: Kids Should Be Proficient With Guns to Move Up in School

July 24, 2014 by twalker  
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In a video titled “Everyone Gets a Gun,” posted this week by the National Rifle Association, commentator Billy Johnson said firearm proficiency should be a requirement in schools, just like reading and writing. “Just like we teach them reading and writing, necessary skills. We would teach shooting and firearm competency,” he explained. “It wouldn’t matter [...]

Unions Put Teachers on Streets — For Votes

July 24, 2014 by twalker  
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Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. The unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort aimed at reversing the red tide that swept Republicans into power across the country in 2010. [...]

New Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Mid- and Late-Career Teachers

July 23, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker While most Americans agree that teachers do not receive the professional pay they deserve, the conversation has generally been framed around the difficulty of attracting people to the teaching profession. Less attention has been paid to educators who have been in the classroom for at least ten years and the stagnant salaries [...]

These Are The Countries Where Kids Go To School For The Longest

July 22, 2014 by twalker  
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On average, kids in Australia can expect to spend up to 15 more years in school than kids in Niger. A new report from Cornell University, international business school INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization looks, in part, at global “school life expectancy,” that is to say,how many years students around the world can [...]

10 Ways to Tell You’re a Tech-Savvy Educator

July 22, 2014 by twalker  
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Technology is a necessary part of formal and informal learning today. After all, students will need tech skills as they move into college and the workforce. Using tech in the classroom today will help students develop and build those essential tech skills so that they can compete on a global scale. What does it mean to [...]

Don’t Blame Teacher Tenure for Students’ Poor Performance

July 22, 2014 by twalker  
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The corporate reform movement’s anti-union, anti-tenure rhetoric misleads the public and unfairly tarnishes teachers’ reputations. Missing from such rhetoric is the well-documented influence of high poverty on student learning. Moreover, some corporate reformers seem more focused on making a profit at the expense of students and teachers. The longstanding phrase “kids come first” is being [...]

Top 12 Summer Tips for Top Teachers

July 22, 2014 by twalker  
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During summer days, if you’re a top teacher, you’ll take time to improve your best asset — you. If somehow it’s not clear why that’s so important, look at it this way: when financial times are tight, our schools can improve the bottom line in various ways, most of which aren’t beneficial for teachers. The [...]

Ed Tech That Needs Nothing But a TV and VCR?

July 22, 2014 by twalker  
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MIT BLOSSOMS, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t boast the latest in artificial intelligence or adaptive algorithms. Its secret weapon is, rather, a canny understanding of human psychology—both students’ and teachers’. Technologically speaking, its basic model could be executed with [...]

Lessons From a Special Education Teacher: Be Flexible, No Labels, and Always Stay Organized

July 21, 2014 by twalker  
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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.” [...]

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