In the raging controversy over how to fix the nation’s underperforming schools, the voices of America’s best teachers are seldom heard. Now, in a provocative book about the future of teaching and learning, 12 of America’s most accomplished classroom educators join a leading advocate for a 21st-century teaching profession to bring expert classroom know-how and fresh policy ideas to the school reform debate.
How much is an effective, diligent teacher worth? According to some economists, an effective kindergarten teacher is worth $320,000! Join one education expert as he discusses the implications of this research and how the highest paid person in any school system should be a practicing teacher.
It's something of a Facebook phenomenon in education circles.Teacher Letters to Obama began in late 2009 as a grassroots effort to offer a counter-narrative about school reform from U.S. teachers who believe they are equally committed to the success of all students but question whether federal policy will produce the results promised to the American public.
An interesting email landed in my inbox this week from Amanda Gladin-Kramer, a policy associate at the Center for Teaching Quality. Committed to redefining teacher leadership, CTQ has a long history of innovative projects designed to elevate teacher voice into important policy conversations.
In its recent newsletter, the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) the Springfield (Mass.) school district which has implemented a new teacher compensation system that rewards teachers for assuming leadership roles without their having to leave the classroom.
So, I'm turning 30 this week. My 20's were great, but I'm glad to have worked out a lot of the existential turmoil that went with them and move into something that feels more like full-fledged adulthood! So yeah, I'm thinking about a family, a house, and all those cliches of grownup life that require some long term planning.
What does authentic assessment look like in practice, and how does it differ from traditional assessment? What are the benefits — and challenges — of authentic assessment on teaching and learning? Over the next two months, educators from across the country will share the risks and reward of authentic assessment.