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JohnNorton

June 24, 2007

Why should teachers conduct research?

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A good question, thoroughly answered by TLN'er Gail Ritchie ina new Q&A at the TeachersCount website. Ritchie, soon to be a school-based instructional coach in the Fairfax County (VA) schools, is a passionate advocate for teacher or "action" research. Indeed, she earned her doctorate this past spring with her  dissertation titled Teacher Research as a Habit of Mind.

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Renee Moore

June 17, 2007

Where honor is due

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The end of the school year around the country has brought, what seems to me, a larger than usual number of teacher retirements. Granted, some of these will be greeted with cheers or sighs of relief. But many more will generate great sadness as we lose some of the best resources available to us in our resource-starved enterprise of public education.

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JohnNorton

June 13, 2007

Caution: Danger of switcher shock

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Facing a shortage of up to 100,000 teachers over the next decade, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed spending $12 million to begin a recruitment program for retiring baby boomers. The Associated Press says the plan seeks to convince late 50-somethings to "swap tech for teaching." 

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Renee Moore

May 23, 2007

Ready or not?

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People at every level of education like to blame those at the earlier levels for not adequately preparing students. It’s become a standing joke: university professors deride their colleagues at the community college; undergraduate instructors berate high school teachers; high school faculty rip their middle school counterparts; who, in turn, badmouth the elementary school staff; who shake their fingers at the preschool; who throw up hands in exasperation about the parents.This blame game, however, is not amusing; it is dangerously divisive and a major distraction.

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JohnNorton

May 8, 2007

How to really leave no child behind

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In an article published on May 2, the weekly magazine The Nation invited education research and policy expert Linda Darling-Hammond to examine the effects of the No Child Left Behind Act and to reflect on its consequences and prospects for improvement. Darling-Hammond's incisive and insightful review includes a closing section subtitled 'How to (Really) Leave No Child Behind,' in which she says, in part:

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Renee Moore

February 14, 2007

Soul searching

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This month, many students will learn about the Underground Railroad and its heroic participants. What they might not learn is what happened to those slaves whofollowed the North Star. Many reached Canada, built new lives, and established thriving communities. My mother was born in such a town in southwestern Ontario. Now called North Buxton, it was originally Elgin Settlement: The Community That Hope Built. What the former slaves built first were homes, churches, and schools.

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