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The Price of Great Teaching

TNTP | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
TNTP

You can't put a figure on the value of sparking a child's love of reading, or making a whole room of students feel safe taking risks. But teaching is a profession, after all, and the truth is that the way we currently pay teachers in this country doesn't even come close to the true value of great teaching.

The Global Search for Education: Teacher I Need You

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Special Ed teacher Matthew Cunningham awarded the inaugural GEMS Education Chicago Teacher Award "But what does it all mean to YOU?" My teacher...

Joy Resmovits

The Surprising Results Of Teacher Satisfaction Surveys

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

As sweeping reforms dramatically change what it means to be an American teacher, a steady stream of headlines, studies and op-eds assert that teachers...

The Teaching Profession: Then and Now

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The department chair handed me a textbook to teach from. I took one look at it, and decided I couldn't inflict such dry, pedantic stuff on my students. I also noticed that my classroom door was closed and no one was watching me.

Why So Many Of America's Teachers Are Leaving The Profession

Lisa Ellen Niver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Ellen Niver

The vast majority of teachers are working overtime without the tools or budget to manage the plethora of issues inside and outside the classroom. On top of that, administrators who only compound the situation by micromanaging the wrong things make the lives of teachers completely untenable with their lack of support.

No More Status Quo -- Why We Must Improve the Social Standing of Teachers

Vikas Pota | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vikas Pota

Teachers often suffer from low-esteem, low regard and are derided by "the system." How can we expect change in the classroom if the person responsible for molding the minds of tomorrow's leaders has no standing in their local community?

Raising the Bar for Future Teachers

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Marc F. Bernstein

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.

On Teaching (and Activism)

Melissa Browning | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Melissa Browning

In our hearts, I believe most of us who teach are teacher-activists whether we name ourselves in this way or not. Teaching isn't just a job -- it's a vocation.

Hiring Good Teachers

David Allyn | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
David Allyn

That company wasn't messing around. They wanted good teachers, and they weren't willing to settle. That's a lesson for all of us in education.

The Sabanization of Public Schools: How to Fix Teachers' Job Descriptions

Dan Ross | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education
Dan Ross

Successful, high functioning organizations like Nick Saban's Crimson Tide don't allow their people to operate under this sort of haze of dangerous ambiguity. Unconscious football players often wind up unconscious. Unconscious teachers... might.

7 Trends That Have Shaped The Teaching Force In The Last 20 Years

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

Over the past 20 years, the teaching force has become larger, grayer, greener, more female, more diverse and less stable, according to a study publis...

Union Calls For Bar-Like Teacher Certification Exam

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 02.03.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON — Schoolteachers should have to pass a stringent exam – much like the bar exam for lawyers – before being allowed to ente...

Have a Job? You Could Be the Answer to the Chicago Teacher's Strike

Danny Rubin | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Danny Rubin

There is a way to combine testing and real-life skills right now and maybe even lessen the pressure on America's teachers. Know what it is? Show and Tell.

So You Want to Get Into Teaching?

Randy Miller | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Randy Miller

So you want to be a teacher? Great, so now what do you do? Are you ready for the classroom? Are you ready to meet the demands of your administration? Are you ready to deal with the politics of the position of a teacher?

Is the Silver Bullet a Tic Tac? Improving Education One Mint at a Time (I'm Only Half Joking)

Larry Strauss | Posted 10.01.2012 | Comedy
Larry Strauss

We tell these children to speak up and ask questions -- but what if a teacher's answers contain a dizzying dose of sulfur? You want higher standards for teachers -- how about starting with our breath?

Let's Get to the Bottom of #Edtech Hysteria

Shaun Johnson | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

There's an underlying "disruptive" strain to #edtech that is, from my perspective, disconcerting. It seems that certain proponents of #edtech are pushing technology in order to completely "teacher-proof" the classroom.

Teachers' Lounge: The Role Model

Teach Plus | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

In the Teachers' Lounge today, meet Akosua Osei-Bobie, who teaches fourth grade Sheltered English Immersion math and social studies at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Boston, MA.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Making the Choice to Leave the Classroom

Teach Plus | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

After four years, I'm stepping out of the classroom. It's a tough choice, but the reality is that I believe I can make the biggest impact on public education from outside the walls of my school.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Teachers on the Students Who Keep Them Coming Back

Teach Plus | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Starting this week, we'll be running a series of reflections -- honest, measured, and sometimes bittersweet -- from teachers who are grappling with the question of whether to remain in the teaching profession.

Teachers' Lounge: The Renaissance Man

Teach Plus | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

In the Teachers' Lounge today, meet Dwight Davis, who has been teaching in the Washington, D.C. public schools for seven years.

The Global Search for Education: In Search of Professionals Around the World

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Andreas Schleicher weighs in on what the US and other nations can learn from some of the high performing education systems that are doing this.

National Labor Conference Focuses Seeks To Improve Teaching Profession

AP | DAN SEWELL | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education

CINCINNATI -- Educators including the U.S. secretary of education, teacher union leaders and school administrators will focus this week on ways to tra...

The Global Search for Education: In Search of Professionals - Part 2

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Today we continue the conversation with someone who understands better than anyone why professional excellence is one of the most vital investments we can make in our children's future: Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers.

The Global Search for Education: In Search of Professionals - Part 1

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Here's a powerful challenge to the world of education: Improve the profession of teaching.

Time to Boost Teacher Morale

Teach Plus | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

There has never been a time when we've needed more innovative ways to give our strongest teachers new reasons to keep working with students.