Thursday, April 17, 2014

Strong Support Systems, Collaboration Key to Retaining Quality Teachers in High-Poverty Schools

April 16, 2014 by egraham  
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By Edward Graham According to new research, minority and low-income students are more likely than their White and more affluent counterparts to be taught by ineffective, underqualified, and newer teachers . While the problem is not new—research and data from the Department of Education and other organizations has identified and tracked the trend for some [...]

Report: Black, Latino, and American Indian Students Facing Huge Barriers to Success

April 15, 2014 by twalker  
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By Kelsey Nelson Children of color in every state in the country continue to lag significantly behind their Asian and White counterparts in access to quality education and economic opportunities, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Consequently, these kids are more likely to “fall out of the middle class and [...]

NEA Master Teacher Says Building Blocks Are Not Only for Kindergarteners

April 13, 2014 by twalker  
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By Janet Mednik When kindergarten teacher Dawn Gunn’s students’ small, nimble hands manipulate wooden blocks to construct towers and staircases, she recognizes that they are grasping more than toys. Rather the Phoenix, Ariz. educator—who is also a National Board Certified Teacher and a National Education Association (NEA) Master Teacher—knows that these young students are actually [...]

National Movement to Curb High-Stakes Testing Gains Momentum

April 9, 2014 by twalker  
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By Cindy Long Tens of thousands of activists are joining forces this spring to stop the high-stakes use of standardized tests and reduce the number of standardized exams to save time and money for actual classroom instruction. The growing movement to end the testing obsession got a major boost in March when U.S. Representatives Chris [...]

Cities Sharpen Strategies to Re-Engage Dropouts

April 8, 2014 by egraham  
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By Edward Graham Even though the U.S.  graduation rate has risen to its highest level in 40 years, one in five students drop out of school before receiving a high school diploma. While re-engaging these dropouts may be challenging, efforts are underway in states across the nation to target, identify, and fully equip these students [...]

‘The University is For Sale’: Koch Brothers Target Higher Education

April 6, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery The billionaire Koch brothers, famous for the more than $400 million they funneled to right-wing candidates in the 2012 state elections, aren’t just bankrolling politicians to do the dirty work of their anti-worker agenda—they’re also investing in the minds of young people. In 2012, two of the six private charitable foundations [...]

Rhode Island Adjuncts Vote for a Union, Aim to Improve Learning Conditions

April 4, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery More than 400 adjunct or contingent faculty members at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) are joining the state’s largest education union, NEA Rhode Island, after a resounding vote for unionization this week. With their vote, the CCRI adjuncts join a fast-growing movement of contingent faculty who see unions as [...]

From Within the Ranks: Teaching Fellowship Trains New Educators on Advocacy and Leadership

April 4, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez For the past several months, dozens of NEA members—from biology, social studies, French and Spanish teachers to reading interventionists, AP chemistry, music and dance teachers—have established a national network through a fellowship that allows the group to exchange ideas and best practices to improve teaching and learning. The Future of the Teaching [...]

Top 5 Myths and Lies About Teachers and Their Profession

April 2, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Well-funded misinformation campaigns succeed in part by leaving no rock unturned in the quest to smear whatever person or institution they are targeting. In these cases, is there any meaningful difference between a hoax, myth, rumor or an outright lie? Not really, because they all serve to discredit and undermine, regardless of [...]

Warding Off Privatization, Paraeducators Gain Strength and Influence Through Organizing

April 1, 2014 by twalker  
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By John Rosales Inspired by the tidal wave of creativity pouring out of trainers at a New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) summer leadership conference, paraeducators Nancy Cogland and Barbara Newman have taken NJEA’s grassroots organizing ideas and given them the opportunity to flourish back home with the Old Bridge Education Association (OBEA). The results since [...]

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