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Hovering Over the Precipice, Desperate Pearson Reaches Out

Alan Singer | Posted 03.27.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

In January, Pearson’s stock value dropped sharply when the company reported lower than expected profits, especially in its United States college tex...

Making Poetry Their Own: The Evolution Of Poetry Education

The Conversation US | Posted 03.21.2017 | Arts
The Conversation US

Laura Apol, Michigan State University The American poet William Stafford was often asked by friends, readers, students and colleagues: When did you ...

The Feds, And The New York Times, Double Down On Strategies That Fail Our Students

Rick Ayers | Posted 11.22.2016 | Education
Rick Ayers

A few weeks before the election of Hillary Clinton as president, the New York Times offers an editorial criticizing s university based teacher educati...

Teacher Education "Reforms" Hurt Children and Learning

Alan Singer | Posted 10.31.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

This month the United States Department of Education published new regulations that are supposed to ensure "new teachers are ready to succeed in the c...

Want to Improve Student Achievement? Invest in Teacher Education

Pam Grossman | Posted 10.25.2016 | Education
Pam Grossman

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently issued an open letter to schools of education criticizing how teachers are prepared. He writes at a...

Teach For America: Is The Next Generation Still Relevant?

Dan Butin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Dan Butin

So, yes, for better or worse, TFA will still be relevant for many years to come. We live in an imperfect world, and while TFA may not be a perfect solution, neither are the conditions for recruiting and retaining teachers in urban and rural schools.

Using Research as Part of Teaching

Peter Cipparone | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Peter Cipparone

While here in Australia, I've been reading Jack Schneider's From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Educa...

Ideas from Down Under: Number Literacy for Future Elementary School Teachers

Peter Cipparone | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Peter Cipparone

For the past three weeks, I've been in Australia studying how two universities prepare future elementary school teachers. Some of it feels familiar to me. But sometimes, I come upon parts of their experience that are totally foreign.

Thank You for Teaching

Fernando Reimers | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Fernando Reimers

Fifty years later, I still remember Madame Liliane and all the good things I learned with her. My love for learning, and for teaching, is deeply rooted in the memories of that year in kindergarten.

"Reforms" Undermine Teacher Preparation in the United States

Alan Singer | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The secondary education student teachers I work with in New York State are in the process of completing and submitting their edTPA portfolio to Pearso...

Review of Teaching While Black: A New Voice on Race and Education in New York City by Pamela Lewis

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 03.17.2017 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

When Ms. Lewis describes her first time entering her own school classroom and meeting her students, you can see how this is a love story. Many fear urban classrooms full of Black and Brown students, and in her case Special Education students, but she ran towards them.

Nobody Told Him How to Take a Cellphone Away From a Kid

Alan Singer | Posted 03.01.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

Ed Boland was an executive at an education not-for-profit. He says he wanted to be an urban hero teacher, just like the ones he saw in the movies. Bol...

From Complaining to Helping

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.09.2017 | Education
Jack Jennings

Higher education has a bone to pick with public schools. Too many high school graduates entering colleges and universities are not prepared for post-s...

NYU Steinhardt and Teacher Education: A Response to Alan Singer

Diana B. Turk | Posted 02.03.2017 | Education
Diana B. Turk

It is essential that urban schools improve, and to do so, they need high-quality teachers. I believe that new teacher education programs should be introduced through thoughtful discussion and decisions should be based on research into their impact on children in schools.

Does Theory Matter in Learning to Teach?

Peter Cipparone | Posted 01.12.2017 | Education
Peter Cipparone

Asking teachers to learn the work of teaching on the job does a disservice to the students in our classroom. But I've come around to believing that theory matters too.

The Global Search for Education: Successful Integration Strategies for Migrants

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.17.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Students in immigrant families have expectations for their careers that match, and in many cases surpass, those of more socio-economically advantaged...

Battle in Illinois Over the 'McDonaldization' of Teacher Education

Alan Singer | Posted 11.09.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Just to make sure our children are processed like hamburgers, Pearson is busy using the same "process" to evaluate prospective teachers using a test called the edTPA, or Teacher Performance Assessment.

Smacking Down the Opposition: edTPA Advocacy in Illinois

Rick Ayers | Posted 11.06.2016 | Education
Rick Ayers

The Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is the new set of evaluations of teacher candidates that is spreading across the country. Packag...

New York State's Mis-education Department Faces New Racism Charges

Alan Singer | Posted 10.15.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

These new guidelines will have a disastrous effect on aspiring minority group members who want to be teachers, which should be enough to trigger the disparate impact clause Judge Wood cited in earlier cases.

Where Have All the Teachers Gone?

Steven Newton | Posted 09.29.2016 | Education
Steven Newton

The toxic combination of high student debt with low-paying work could explain why so many people choose professions outside of teaching. But there's more to it than that.

Judge Rules Latest Pearson/NYSED Test Does Not Discriminate -- So Far

Alan Singer | Posted 08.09.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

On August 7, 2015 Kimba M. Wood of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that the ALST, the latest rendition of the Pearson/New York State Education Department literacy test for teacher certification candidates, does not discriminate against minority group members

What's Missing in the Elementary Classroom?

Sue Gober | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Sue Gober

My student teachers are teaching in classrooms where the teachers are not sitting at desks and students are not using textbooks! There it was... right in front of me.

Hindu and Sikh Community Involvement Fuels Maryland Program's Success

Murali Balaji | Posted 06.17.2015 | Education
Murali Balaji

Last year I wrote about how the Hindu/Sikh teacher-training workshops in Montgomery County Public Schools could be a template for teacher education across the country. Since then the program has grown, galvanizing the two communities while allowing teachers to become more comfortable and empowered in teaching about Hinduism and Sikhism.

Does Anyone in Education Reform Care if Teaching Is a Profession?

Daniel Katz | Posted 06.06.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

Reformers act as if they believe that teaching is something you do in your twenties when you are idealistic and want to "give something back" -- and then you move on to a "real career" in some other sector.

"(Ya Got) Trouble" at Pearson

Alan Singer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson is in trouble and needs to rebuild U.S. Learning Services because it is not a high-performing organization. Remaining employees are ordered to "focus on our markets, our learners, and the ecosystem we belong to," but never, at least not according to this memo, on the quality of Pearson education products...