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JohnNorton

July 17, 2008

Bloggers we follow (hey, they’re our members!)

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We've got quite a few educators among our TLN Forum membership who run their own blogs here, there and yonder on the Web. Others are group-blogging in interesting places. Here are some recent highlights from the seldom-quiet minds of TLN'ers . . .

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Ariel Sacks

July 15, 2008

Emotional intelligence

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It is summer and I love the fact that I have time to live at my own pace. I can enjoy cooking, socialize more, read more, and worry less. Summer also provides much needed time for reflection on the past year and developing for the coming one. Now that I’m much more relaxed and in touch with my inner spirit, so to speak, I’m finding that some new emotions are creeping in, where during the year there was little room to explore them. One, in particular, is not really new but it’s one I rarely entertain: anger.

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Ariel Sacks

July 7, 2008

Who can do without professional care?

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I was talking to a friend of mine who is studying to become a nurse. When she completes her master’s degree program, she will be able to earn a starting salary of $60,000! The median salary of registered nurses in New York City is $66,188.

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JohnNorton

June 27, 2008

TLN bloggers shine on!

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ON THE TLN WEBSITE:

Renee Moore (TeachMoore) shares her particular insights about the "Broader, Bolder" vision of school reform. "The children of the poor have been the primary concern of educational policymakers? And what is the evidence (or better yet, the results) of that concern?"

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JohnNorton

June 17, 2008

Reign of the tutors may be nearing end?

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The “free” tutoring mandated under NCLB for schools with high failure rates on math/reading assessments is not paying off. Or, to state it more accurately, these "supplemental services" are not bumping up standardized test scores to any meaningful degree. And that, after all, is the gold standard of NCLB tutoring proponents.

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JohnNorton

May 15, 2008

Good luck, Jake -- and good luck, kids

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In the wake of an upbeat Urban Institute report on the performance of Teach for America high school teachers (or rather the performance of their students on end-of-course tests in North Carolina)… Update: Eduwonkette actually read it and she's not impressed.

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JohnNorton

May 12, 2008

The teaching penalty

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We can’t recruit and retain excellent teachers on the cheap, says a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. The authors’ analysis of professional pay scales (to no one’s great surprise) finds that “public school teachers earn considerably less than comparably educated and experienced people, and less than people in occupations with similar educational and skill requirements.”

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JohnNorton

May 8, 2008

ASCD's take on incentive pay

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A new InfoBrief from ASCD (the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) explains the Association’s position on teacher incentive pay:

Local school districts should have this option to attract the best and brightest educators. We believe schools should have the support and resources to pay incentives or bonuses to educators who increase student achievement or teach in high-poverty, high-need districts.

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