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July 30, 2018
This Chicago preschool teacher is touting an alternative to the traditional playground
Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask educators who’ve been recognized for their work how they approach their jobs.
July 12, 2018
I’m a principal who thinks personalized learning shouldn’t be a debate.
This is the first in what we hope will be a tradition of thoughtful opinion pieces—of all viewpoints—published by Chalkbeat Chicago. Have an idea? Send…
June 20, 2018
Five award-winning teachers talk recharging over the summer
As Chicagoland students rejoice at the end of school, teachers also approach the summer with excitement – to be able to relax and…
May 8, 2018
Video: Hopson seeks to clarify how Memphis teachers should teach new curriculums
More details for teachers are expected this summer on “preparing and customizing lessons.”
May 8, 2017
Wanted: Millennials to teach in Tennessee
The advocacy group known as SCORE kicks off a campaign to recruit young people to high-needs schools in both rural and urban districts.
December 7, 2016
Indiana teachers say they need more classroom practice before starting their jobs
The educators are fellows from the Indianapolis chapter of Teach Plus, a national organization that trains teachers to be policy advocates in seven states.
October 24, 2016
How one simple change saved me from burnout and invigorated my students, too
When I began teaching, I incorporated drumming into class and opened each day with a discussion of current events. Then, I got overwhelmed. Here's how I climbed out.
August 25, 2016
First Person: It doesn’t matter how ‘proficient’ a potential teacher is. Here’s what we look for instead
The authors say they don't judge potential teachers by their excellence, but rather how open they are to rethinking their approach.
February 25, 2016
Aspiring teacher scholarship bill gutted in Senate panel after concerns over costs
The bill's author, House Speaker Brian Bosma, said he wants to bring the program back in later discussions.
February 5, 2016
These 22 education bills are still alive halfway through Indiana's 2016 legislative session
The bills switch chambers and could begin hearings as early as next week.
January 13, 2016
24 education bills to watch as Indiana begins its 2016 legislative session
More than 70 bills were assigned to the House and Senate education committees this year.
December 21, 2015
The basics of Indiana’s teacher shortage debate: What comes next?
This isn't the first year Indiana schools have had troubled finding qualified teachers to fill open jobs, but it seems to be the first year everyone's paying attention.
November 17, 2015
Republican proposal would offer aspiring teachers free college tuition
A new bill would give Indiana college students a chance to get tuition fully paid for by the state if they agree to spend five years teaching after they graduate.
October 2, 2015
Can you answer these questions from a basic skills test for teachers?
Indiana adopted the Pearson tests in 2013, and teachers could first take them in 2014.
September 24, 2015
Educators: low pay, negative perceptions behind struggles to recruit teachers
The second meeting of Glenda Ritz's teacher panel focused on why colleges are enrolling fewer education majors.
September 23, 2015
Chalkbeat CEO to deliver keynote address in Memphis on teaching
Chalkbeat CEO Elizabeth Green will deliver the Oct. 1 keynote address of the 2015-16 Community Education Series hosted by the Erika Center at Bodine School in Germantown.
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February 3, 2015
DPS moves to address ‘crisis level’ teacher turnover
Universities, districts, and schools are turning their attention to the problem of teacher turnover.
August 21, 2014
Career educator Fariña offers advice from her days in the classroom
Fariña gave advice to teachers ahead the school year's start. All of it was specific, reflecting her desire to present herself as a lifelong educator with a firm grasp on what goes on inside schools, especially in the younger grades.
July 31, 2014
Tennessee dusts off cursive writing, creates new standards for it
Kids today might text more than they hold a pen, but the state’s department of education is moving toward standards that would reinvigorate the teaching…
November 27, 2013
Teach For America contract in Memphis area approved, despite concerns
Shelby County's merged school board voted 5-2 to keep its contract with Teach For America at last night's board meeting, despite concerns about the program's recruitment fee.
November 4, 2013
Some Tennessee alternative training programs outperform traditional programs, study finds
Tennessee teachers who came to the classroom through some non-traditional routes regularly outperformed teachers from traditional training programs, according to a report on teacher education programs released Friday by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. A crop of alternative certification programs such as Teach for America grant teacher licenses to candidates who haven't completed a traditional teacher education program, and often involve candidates taking education classes while teaching full-time. Currently, 20 percent of the state’s teachers received alternative licenses. The 2013 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs is an annual report required by a 2007 state law that analyzes the 42 teacher-training programs in the state, including the alternative programs. It reports on teacher placement and retention; on teachers' Praxis results; and on teachers' "effect data", as determined by the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, or TVAAS, which uses students' test scores over time to evaluate teachers' performance. Traditionally and alternatively licensed teachers are compared to veteran teachers and beginning teachers.
May 13, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
Latest Colo. school budget news - Colo. teachers happy, for the most part - Boulder high schools to start later in fall - Students do more than talk about the environment.
January 19, 2011
Ask an Expert: Why don't teachers focus on teaching cursive?
Have you heard that cursive writing is going the way of the dinosaur? Maybe not entirely - yet - but its importance has dropped significantly, this expert says. What do you think?
January 13, 2011
Ask an Expert: Sparking schoolwide innovation.
A teacher and doctoral candidate in education tackles a tough question about sparking innovation in traditional neighborhood schools. Is your child enrolled in a neighborhood school that's bucking the status quo? Tell your story.
January 10, 2011
Ask an Expert: Best approaches to ESL instruction.
The law requires all students - even those with limited English skills- have access to a quality education. Schools should be able to pull this off without marginalizing any students.
December 13, 2010
Ask an Expert: What makes a teacher effective?
Read one list of quality teaching traits and compare those to your own child's classroom. Do they line up? If not, it's probably time to ask some questions.
December 3, 2010
Week of 11/29/10: Teaching & learning tidbits
Colorado's charter school law gets a B, Rhee heads to Florida, Bill Gates says forget small class sizes, $2 million for educator effectiveness in Colo., more students getting diplomas than ever, Colorado's role in global math/science study.
October 22, 2010
Week of 10/18/10: Teaching & learning wrap-up
Check out the newly unveiled Education Nation Scorecard, see whether Colorado schools are making "adequate yearly progress," read about the new way Jeffco will reward its top teachers - and about how others may lose their jobs, and learn about a new state ed commission, life after CSAPs, a local mom fighting for her dyslexic son and kudos given to Heritage and Gypsum elementary schools.
October 8, 2010
Teaching and learning: Week of 10/4/10 news wrap-up
Read the week's teaching and learning news highlights, including information about a new charter school where students learn Mandarin, honors given to two top notch teachers (one of whom is featured on this site), and the $15 million awarded to five local high schools.
October 1, 2010
Teaching and learning: News wrap up
Read an Education News Colorado story about findings in a state audit showing major weaknesses in the financial outlook of the state's public schools. Unfortunately, this is no surprise. The Denver Post published a story about teachers at one low-income Denver elementary school visiting families of all students at home as a way to get to know them - and the hurdles they may face - better. Finally, Denver Public Schools touted national recognition for Beach Court Elementary School.
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