Monday, September 1, 2014

Lily Eskelsen García Takes the Helm of the NEA

September 1, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

Rating Teachers Not As Easy As 1, 2, 3

September 1, 2014 by twalker  
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The idea seems simple enough: Identify the best teachers and reward them. Pinpoint the worst and fire them. That’s been a linchpin of the Obama administration’s education agenda from the start. But now the administration’s initiative is in disarray, with states scaling back, slowing down and, in some cases, putting off tough decisions until Obama is [...]

California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers

September 1, 2014 by twalker  
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Wading into an intense national battle that has pitted teacher unions against a movement to weaken tenure protections, Gov. Jerry Brown has appealed a California judge’s sweeping ruling that threw out teacher job protection laws on the ground that they deprived students of their constitutional rights. “Changes of this magnitude, as a matter of law and policy, [...]

If Your Class Looked Like America. . .

August 28, 2014 by twalker  
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10 Time Management Tips for Teachers

August 28, 2014 by twalker  
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For teachers, it never seems like there is enough time. Teacher Benjamin Schrage resisted turning his job into a 24/7 endeavor, and learned to work smarter, analyzing every moment of his work day, and identifying ways to get things done faster while improving efficiency. Here are 10 things he learned along the way. Source: SmartBlog on Education

STEAM Gaining Momentum

August 28, 2014 by twalker  
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STEM education–that’s science, technology, engineering, and math–has gotten an increasing amount of buzz over the past few years. And now, there’s a twist on STEM: the addition of the arts, making it STEAM. Supporters say a more focused inclusion of the arts helps kids become creative, hands-on learners by sparking innovation. A recent Michigan State study supports [...]

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

August 27, 2014 by twalker  
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The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year. Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be. While those things are important, Alan November, a former teacher-turned-author [...]

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads

August 27, 2014 by twalker  
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Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning? It’s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps [...]

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

August 25, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

Many Teachers Paying Out Of Pocket For School Supplies

August 25, 2014 by twalker  
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Imagine if you had to spend hundreds of dollars of your own Money just to get your job done. Lily Eskelsen García, President Elect of the National Education Association, said that’s how much the average teacher had to spend on school supplies for their students in past years. “The average teacher in past years will spend anywhere [...]

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