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Teacher Quality

My Son's Teacher Is a Witch

Philip Kovacs | Posted 10.31.2014 | Education
Philip Kovacs

The mainstream media would have the American public believe that teachers are the problem with our public schools. That they are the witches conjuring up the destruction of America's competitive edge.

Moving Toward Better Teachers Begins With Better Teacher Preparation

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 10.29.2014 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

Much attention is paid to related topics such as teacher tenure, due process, salaries, and external factors such as poverty. But not nearly enough focus is paid to teacher education and what it really takes to prepare a truly excellent teacher for the challenges of today's classrooms.

On the Road To Term 4, Jerry Brown Dispenses With Kashkari and Rolls With Arnold Schwarzenegger

William Bradley | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After kicking off the fall campaign with his latest Labor Day weekend tour, Governor Jerry Brown ... wait. That didn't happen. I don't know what Jerry Brown did on Labor Day weekend, but it wasn't that.

Why We're Still Talking About Campbell Brown

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

As Albert Camus wrote, "Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Whatever Ms. Brown's intentions are, they lack an understanding of both the current landscape of teaching in high-needs schools and of educational research. It's time to get some facts straight.

How Do We Hire the Very Best Teachers?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Note: Today's guest post comes to us courtesy of Joel Sacket, who has been helping organizations realize their digital visions for almost a decade. Jo...

Details of Duncan Equity Equality Plan

Peter Greene | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This aspect of school reform has been lurking around the edges for some time-- the notion that once we find the super-duper teachers, we could somehow shuffle everybody around and put the supery-duperest in front of the neediest students.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Plans To Tackle Major Education Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students o...

Yes, Virginia, There Are Bad Teachers

Peter Greene | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

"So I guess you just deny that there are any bad teachers at all." This is a popular retort to various forms of "Your system for evaluating teachers is a lousy system." It is a dumb retort. It is dumb in the same way the following exchanges are dumb.

Education Reformers Keep Saying They Want to Pay Teachers More -- Do They Mean It?

Peter Greene | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

You would think "Let's pay teachers more" would be a fairly straightforward proposal. We could raise state taxes or even use some of that free federal money that DC makes appear out of nowhere.

Joy Resmovits

Alarming Number Of Urban Teachers Are 'Chronically Absent'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a ba...

In Pursuit of Brown

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Eric Lerum

Lots of folks are reflecting on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. I first realized the true reach of Brown 12 years ago, when I w...

For Teacher Appreciation Week, Let's Vow to Invest, Reward, and Respect Teachers

Colleen M. Niccum | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Colleen M. Niccum

As we commemorate Teacher Appreciation Week, it's a good time to reflect: if we depend on teachers to develop the future workforce and help turn our children into productive members of society, what can we do about this problem?

Rebecca Klein

Millennials Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

If American teachers are anywhere near as unimpressive as ambitious Millennials perceive them to be, then the state of public school education is quit...

The Unintentional (or Intentional) Downsourcing of Teaching

Tony Zini | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Tony Zini

It is not difficult to see what is downstream from this strategy. This change will not only impact ineffective teachers, it will eventually lead to effective, qualified teachers being driven from the field. Why? The reason relates to how the financial forces in the free market operate.

Red Solo Cup, I Lift You Up

Sue Gober | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

When I became a college professor, the first teaching supplies I purchased were a red Solo cup, wooden tongue depressors and markers. Today, I am using this same technique in my college classes in our School of Education that Dr. Freiberg started earlier in K-12 schools.

Can White Educators Successfully Teach Black Boys?

Rae Pica | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Rae Pica

The skin color or gender of a teacher doesn't really matter to the kids. All they want to know is that the teacher cares about them.

The Call to Teach: The Role of Technology

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As far back as 2004, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, outlined technology standards to help support educator...

Lessons Learned in a College Classroom: Call Me By Name... Please?

Sue Gober | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

Let me set the scene: End of the semester. Busy students. Busy professors. Missed work is due -- in some cases, past due. True story pulled from my ...

Education Should Be About Preparing for Tomorrow

Vince Bertram | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

We need to have higher expectations for ourselves as educators, parents, and policymakers; and we need to have higher expectations for our students -- they will meet the bar wherever it is set.

Real Education Reform Happens in the Classroom -- Unlocking the Gifts of Teacher Quality

Eric Cooper | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
Eric Cooper

When guided by neuroscience and professional development, teachers learn to develop nurturing relationships with students and introduce complex material in a manner that helps them recognize they know more than they think they know.

Joy Resmovits

America's Teachers May Be Getting Smarter

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

American teachers may be getting smarter. Still, scrutiny of their work and cries to overhaul the education system intensify. The education ref...

Here's What Happened When We Asked How Schools Keep Teachers Happy

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Teachers are stressed out. But they're not getting much help from their districts. According to a recent survey published by Metlife, stress level...

The Teacher With A $4 Million Salary

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.08.2013 | World

A teacher that makes $4 million a year? Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. The Wall Street Journal recently chronicled the story of one South Kor...

Joy Resmovits

Still Separate, Still Unequal

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. NEW YORK -- When Dwight Davis, a ...

How to Spot Good Teaching -- Maybe It's Time for a Broader Discussion

Jean Johnson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Parents
Jean Johnson

What really counts in teaching? What are the best practices? What kind of training and support will actually produce the teaching corps our kids deserve?