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NEA Denounces Teach for America
posted by: Alix | July 12, 2011, 10:56 am   

Teach for America, a non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach in high-need schools for two years, was lambasted at the NEA's annual conference for what they call efforts by TFA to "union bust" in districts across the country.
 
The Great Homework Debate
posted by: Alix | July 01, 2011, 11:00 am   

What are your thoughts about homework in today's world? Conventional wisdom suggests students need homework to teach them to work independently and to reinforce curriculum after an initial lesson. While this is the intent of home-based projects, parents and students have been complaining that evenings filled with piles of worksheets can take away time from extracurricular activities and can be unfair to students without the proper home support. As a result, in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the school board has enacted a new policy that homework can count for only 10% of a student's overall grade.
 
Hybrid Charters Show Promise
posted by: Alix | June 30, 2011, 09:57 am   

While charter and virtual school environments are seen as solutions to modernizing education, the concept of the "hybrid" charter school, or a blended environment, is gaining steam in communities across the country. The schools are combination of both an independent, innovative charter with the technology and online curriculum usually associated with a purely virtual school.
 
Twitter for Teachers
posted by: Alix | June 28, 2011, 04:01 pm   

The internet has revolutionized everything in our lives, from paying bills to shopping and everything in between. Education is now well on its way to being revolutionized by online learning with teachers nationwide taking advantage of new, emerging and often free internet resources. One service in particular that is gaining popularity among teachers is Twitter, the micro-blogging site that allows users to communicate via 140 character transmissions.
 
New Membership Director Tim Farmer Introduces Himself
posted by: Tim | June 14, 2011, 03:40 pm   

As the new Membership Director for PACE, I had the opportunity to introduce myself and talk a little bit about where I am coming from and what gets me most excited about working for a non-union, professional educator association. Listen as Ben DeGrow asks me a few questions on the ivoices podcast.
 
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