New York State and Pearson are on the verge of another testing fiasco. I expect lawsuits to fly as testing rules on edTPA portfolios for teacher certification are changed ex post facto, or after the fact.
Affectionately nicknamed "Ms. Sunshine" by her students, 2015 Fishman Prize winner Stephanie Sun brings joy and a sharp sense of focus to her fifth-grade English classroom at Achievement First Brownsville Middle School, in Brooklyn, NY.
Arts education is making a difference in improving struggling schools by increasing student engagement and positively changing young lives in countries all over the world.
America, our education system needs an enema -- not literally, but in the literature, the narrative we tell ourselves. We need to rid ourselves of the waste within that has clogged up any means for open thought, and open minds.
Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.
We are a hugely wealthy country, and we can afford to go to Pluto and to educate our children to a much higher standard than we do. In fact, the way we became a hugely wealthy country, and the only way we can maintain our wealth into the future, is by investing in education, science, technology and invention.
Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.
Improving teaching and learning in the classroom should have been the focus of attention, not tests and charter schools. "Fast and dirty" solutions, such as pressuring teachers to raise test scores, were a mistake.
Teaching is about taking children from wherever one finds them, moving them forward, and, hopefully, returning them whole to themselves. Teaching is about listening, mentoring, and, perhaps, even healing. Teaching is not about preparing children for relentless test-taking, which has nothing to do with what children need in their formative years.
Sadly, this wasn't the first lock down I've experienced in 25 years of teaching, but this one felt different. It was no drill, that was for sure. The principal's voice over the intercom was clear and firm, but I knew something was terribly wrong.
You are what every educator should aspire to be. You inspire your students. You do everything in your power to ensure that we are able to secure whatever opportunity comes our way.
My son isn't hurting anyone. For whatever reason, he is choosing to wear frills and frocks on occasion. Yet the assumption is that he will be teased for dressing "like a girl," and that action should be taken to prevent this from happening.
For almost as long as I can remember my life has been very, very busy. I've been a wife, mother, teacher, the daughter of elderly parents, the advocate for a mentally ill sister, artist, writer and friend.
Every teacher would agree that standardized tests are imperfect measures of the complex output that is students' growth as learners and people. However, without the data that is provided by these assessments, we would have no method for seeing how our students stack up and where to revise our approach.
With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.
To sum up, compared with most other states, this is the prospect facing a teacher in Arizona: relatively bigger classes with fewer resources for less take-home pay.