In my role at Educators 4 Excellence, I've had the opportunity to work with two Teacher Policy Teams, interested in creating recommendations to improve the district's often ineffective hiring and retention policies.
Our kinds of expeditions are about creating a comfortable environment even in challenging conditions - whether those conditions be physical, social or emotional. They are about probing far beyond the superficial level of virtually all ecotourism and creating opportunities for eco-immersion.
I, for one, support the use of student standardized test scores as one critical measure of teacher effectiveness and in determining whether teacher preparation programs are doing their job in providing schools with only top-notch teachers.
Achievement gaps are not the real culprit. Rather, they are symptoms of the true problem: an underlying set of opportunity gaps.
Yesterday, the New York Times published an article about my forthcoming book that turned out to be a profile of me. The headline was wrong, however, and I know that reporters don't write headlines. Whoever wrote it is out of touch.
Education is not just a teacher's responsibility. Education is a community endeavor. It takes concerned parents, businesspeople, community leaders, and others to successfully educate our children. But citizens, like teachers, are conflicted about and often bewildered by our education system.
Philly and Chicago adults who are invested in public education in some way are stressed. Can you imagine, however, how the children feel?
Each year, beginning with Teacher's Day in September and ending with the festival of Dussehra, India restores its reverence for the spirit of learning.
To ensure that all students reach their education destination, it is imperative that the United States meet the goal of connecting 99 percent of the nation's students with high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries within the next five years.
Creating an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn is a complex task that takes a single-minded dedication both to the larger culture of a school and its nuts-and-bolts logistics.
The Waiting for Superman director discusses what it takes to be an effective teacher today and his hopes for his children. "It would be the happiest day of my life," says Guggenheim, "if my son or daughter came to me and said, 'Dad, I want to be a teacher.'"
One observation in the National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) Review and a recent book by Amanda Ripley called The Smartest Kids in the World: A...
Orderly classrooms are not ends in themselves; they seem to be the preconditions for learning. In 55 countries and economies that participated in PISA 2009, students in schools where the classroom climate is more conducive to learning tend to perform better.
While being realistic that it will be an uphill struggle, there are some reasons to feel that Congressional action on education may be more likely in this session. Here are some reasons.
In the early 1990s, Maryland put in place a complex, performance-based assessment to determine if elementary school students could demonstrate complex problem-solving and think critically across disciplines. The state was in an uproar.
I am continually impressed with the dedication, creativity and energy many of my kids' teachers bring to their work. I am frankly amazed at the things my kids know. But if I had to choose the one teacher in my son's life most deserving of a lifetime achievement award, I'd pick Roy Nathanson.