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New Vision for Teacher Professionalism
posted by: Alana | February 02, 2016, 11:47 am   

 

There’s an interesting discussion going on among those interested in elevating the teaching profession. What would a fully professional teaching force look like and what would it take to get there? Advocacy groups on all sides have weighed in and buzz words and phrases often bandied about include “performance pay,” “career ladder,” and “autonomy,” but even the exact meaning of those words is often debated.

 

 
Find Free PD at the Friday Institute
posted by: Alana | January 19, 2016, 06:27 pm   

MOOCs have been a way for teachers to sharpen and hone their skills for several years now. Despite their popularity, anyone who has wandered into the world of online education can tell you that not all courses are created equal.  Some online courses, just like some in-person workshops, rely too much on videos or lecture.  Perhaps they have the learner go through a series of slides without ever really digging deep into the knowledge in question.  So when a good course comes along, it makes sense to make sure that AAE members know about it.

 
Friedrichs vs. CTA: The Latest
posted by: Alana | January 19, 2016, 06:25 pm   

Wondering what the latest is on the Friedrichs case? Bookmark this page for the best resources and latest updates on the case!

 
The High Court takes on Teacher Freedom: A Global Advance for Education
posted by: Alana | January 19, 2016, 06:24 pm   

By Jeanne Allen

 

Labor unions have emerged in the past 40 years as one of the biggest power brokers on all social policy issues concerning the education of our youth. While their involvement was once intricately linked to teacher professionalism and school success, today they are locked in a mindset that is focused almost entirely on protecting collective bargaining rights and ensuring that tenure, seniority and uniform pay scales dictate who gets paid what, and who stays and goes in the classroom. Indeed, these issues are at the heart of the imminent oral arguments taking place at the U.S. Supreme Court this Monday, January 11 at 10 am. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., ten public school teachers are asking the High Court to strike down Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 case that sanctioned agency shop rules that permit unions to dock a teacher's pay regardless of whether they want to be a member of a union and represented in union activities. Laws in 23 states require workers who decline to join a union to pay fees anyway. These and other teachers around the country believe that this legal structure is anathema to teacher freedom and a violation of First Amendment rights.

 

 
Winter PD: Learn One New Thing Over Break
posted by: Charity | December 18, 2015, 05:48 pm   

Break is coming up for all of us. Don’t let it go to waste! Today, we’re featuring a piece by Lily Jones, originally published on TeachingChannel, which offers some great tips that you can incorporate during your two weeks off that will help you brush up on your skills. Enjoy:

 
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