Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Key to Fighting Privatization? Preparation

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By John Rosales Spring is usually the season when private contractors across the nation seem to crawl out of the woodwork seeking public school contracts. Why? Easy prey. Privateers know school board members are desperately trying to balance budgets for the upcoming school year. And nothing is easier for cash-strapped trustees needing to strike a [...]

Americans Overwhelmingly Favor Expanding Early Childhood Education. Is Congress Listening?

July 28, 2014 by twalker  
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By Richard Naithram A new bipartisan national poll released by The First Five Years Fund reveals that both Republicans and Democrats favor a strong federal investment in early childhood education. According to the poll, 71 percent of voters—including 60 percent of Republicans—support this investment even if it increased the deficit in the short term and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.” [...]

Despite Political Battle, Schools Forge Ahead With Healthier Meals

July 15, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released standards in 2012 to help ensure every public school student had access to nutritious healthy foods, probably few expected it would lead to a heated political debate. But under a proposed bill in Congress backed by Republicans, schools could receive waivers from the USDA to [...]

Beyond Books: Reversing the Teen Reading Decline

July 14, 2014 by twalker  
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By Anita Merina A teacher blog about young adult literature. A Spotify playlist of favorite tunes of a young adult fiction writer A classic novel turned graphic novel.  A tumblr campaign promoting diverse books. These are just a few of the ways educators, publishers, authors and illustrators are trying to reach teen readers and turn [...]

Do U.S. Students Understand the Value of a Dollar?

July 10, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker If, as many believe, financial literacy is a 21st century skill that all students need to grasp, how do U.S. students stack up against their counterparts in other nations? Once again, about average, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). For the first time ever, OECD tested students around [...]

Montana Teacher Shares Video Lessons to Bolster Common Core Transition

July 9, 2014 by twalker  
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By Janet Mednick As a young girl growing up in the Big Sky of Montana, Melissa Romano dreamed of someday becoming a photographer. However, her perspective changed dramatically after working as a nanny and seeing the picture of her future through a different lens. Today, as a fourth grade math teacher and a National Education [...]

Eskelsen García: We Are Fearless and We Will Not Be Silent

July 6, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez NEA president-elect Lily Eskelsen García, after praising those who have supported and worked in concert with her, concluded NEA’s 152nd Annual Meeting with a strong message to those “who don’t know what they’re talking about”: We will not be silent “We,” of course, refers to the three million educators who know what’s [...]

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