Sunday, September 21, 2014

Teacher Contract Campaign Puts Student Learning Front and Center

September 18, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery The yard signs multiplied in the snowy front yards of St. Paul, Minnesota, by the hundreds early this year, and they said, often in hand-drawn red letters, “St. Paul children deserve… Small Class Sizes!!” Or, “St. Paul children deserve… Librarians!” Or “St Paul children deserve… Teaching Not Testing!” The answer varied [...]

L.A. Schools Police will Return Grenade Launchers

September 18, 2014 by twalker  
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Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools. The [...]

Guess What? Millennials Are Readers

September 18, 2014 by twalker  
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Millennials may be thought of as the iPhone generation, but it seems plenty of them still enjoy an old-fashioned book. Pew Research surveyed 6,000 Americans ages 16 and over for a report called “Younger Americans andPublic Libraries.” They found that 88% of adults under 30 read a book in the past year, while only 79% of [...]

A Call for New Charter School Standards

September 17, 2014 by twalker  
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A new report just released by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University calls for increased accountability, transparency and equity in the taxpayer-funded charter school sector. The Institute is proposing standards to be implemented into state and charter authorizer policies that would better serve all students and protect the public’s investment in public education. Approximately 2.57 [...]

NEA’s Back to School Tour Highlights Opportunity Gap in Public Education

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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By Amy Jordan If you ask the students at Pyne Poynt Middle School in Camden, New Jersey what they would like to have at their school, the answers are simple. “An art teacher.” “Clubs to participate in.” “Some color on our walls.” That’s what NEA President Lily Ekselsen García found out during the New Jersey [...]

Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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While schools and teachers have a tremendous influence over student learning, there is nothing the teachers can do to make it happen. It is completely out of the control of teachers to make students learn; the students have to do it by themselves, according to author and educator Ben Johnson. “So where should a school invest [...]

Poll: Public Rejects Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker More evidence that the country is waking up to toxic standardized testing can be found in the new PDK/Gallup poll on the Public’s Attitude Towards Public Schools. According to the poll released on Tuesday, only 38 percent of the public – and only 31 percent of parents – support using  student standardized [...]

How to Get Girls More Interested in STEM Subjects

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature. As it turns out, students often carry these barriers right along with them, from the real world into the virtual one. Female students, for example, are [...]

With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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Technology companies are collecting a vast amount of data about students, touching every corner of their educational lives — with few controls on how those details are used. Now California is poised to become the first state to comprehensively restrict how such information is exploited by the growing education technology industry. Source: The New York [...]

Building A Better Teacher

September 15, 2014 by twalker  
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Teacher effectiveness is a hot topic in education circles right now. How do you measure it, and how can you improve it? Elizabeth Green, who studied teaching methods in both American and Japanese classrooms over the span of six years, says that it’s not, as some people assume, a question of personality or charisma. Great [...]

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