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National Council on Teacher Quality Releases Report on Student Teaching
posted by: Alix | July 21, 2011, 01:45 pm   

Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality released a comprehensive study on schools of education and their various student teaching programs. The report, "Student Teaching in the United States," examines student-teaching practices in 134 colleges of education, or about 10% of all nationwide programs. All but 25% were considered "weak" or "poor" under NCTQ's rating system, raising questions about the survey's methods, but also overarching concerns over how effective American colleges of education are in preparing our next generation of educators.
Know Edmodo
posted by: Alix | July 20, 2011, 09:24 am   

>>>Originally posted by Jill on the AAE Blog

How much have you developed your Professional Learning Community? (PLC) Or maybe a Professional Learning Network? (PLN) Does your school lack in funding for professional development? Or maybe you would like to have a social networking experience with your students and your school blocks Facebook/Twitter. Or maybe you just aren't quite ready to conquer Twitter language? Perhaps you have recently moved to a new state and you're trying to learn the ropes of teaching a new population of students. Or maybe you're at a school that, unfortunately, lacks opportunities for collaborating with your colleagues. Want to find new teaching strategies? Or develop a different content-specific curriculum?
Utah District Bucks Union
posted by: Alix | July 19, 2011, 01:28 pm   

Utah's Ogden School District is a small district just north of Salt Lake City. A charming community with less than 1,000 teachers, Ogden is making news for its school board's decision to bypass local union negotiations in favor of sending individual contracts to teachers for the upcoming school year. While the move has obviously infuriated the local union, the move has been described as not only a trend in teacher negotiations, but the future of how policymakers and school districts will communicate with teachers, especially in areas with hostile and uncompromising unions.
President Obama Meets with Corporate CEOs to Solicit Education Dollars
posted by: Alix | July 18, 2011, 04:22 pm   

Corporate donations to public education are common place in today's struggling financial climate. Last fall, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged an unprecedented $100 million to the ailing Newark, New Jersey's school system. Today, in an effort to spur additional private donations, President Obama held a roundtable discussion at the White House with like-minded CEOs to raise private funds for American K-12 education. Following today's closed door meeting, three companies including Bank of America, Microsoft, and Nike announced new pledges totaling $66 million toward education programs.
Atlanta Cheating Scandal Raises Testing Questions
posted by: Alix | July 15, 2011, 10:58 am   

One of our country's largest school systems is experiencing the scandal of a generation. Based upon the findings of a July report commissioned by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, it was revealed that nearly 80 percent of Atlanta's schools showed signs of cheating by teachers on statewide performance tests. As new revelations surface daily, blame is shifting from teachers to administrators, and everyone else in between, raising even larger questions about the intense pressure teachers are facing over state and federal testing mandates.
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