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Reactions to Rating Teachers - The Learning Network - New York ...
. . . released individual performance rankings of 18,000 New York City public school teachers on Feb. 24 . . . Each question is linked to an article, Opinion piece or blog post in which related information can be found.-- WHO published that data? WHAT does the data report? WHAT are some of the “caveats” about the data and what was revealed? WHAT is “value-added assessment,” the rating system used in New York City and elsewhere? WHERE else, besides New York City, have teacher ratings like these been made public? According to this article, WHY might the release of this data — which the teachers’ union fought — give the union a political victory now that it is out? WHY did Bill Gates call the release “a big mistake” in a recent Times Op-Ed? WHY, according to those interviewed in this article, are many teachers reacting with anger and sadness? HOW does your school or district evaluate its teachers? HOW do you feel about the decision to release and publish the New York City ratings? (You might read what over 100 commenters, including many teachers, have said to help you decide.) HOW would you assess a teacher’s value? Related: Our lesson plan, Schools of Thought: Localizing National Education Stories and our Student Opinion questions, “Do Your Test Scores Reflect How Good Your Teachers Are?” and, inspired by Mr. Gates's Op-Ed, “What Kind of Feedback Helps You ...
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Minn. Senate passes teacher layoffs bill
February 27, 2012|Alexandra Tempus, AP The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Monday that would let schools lay off teachers based on their performance in the classroom rather than by seniority alone. The bill passed by a 36-26 vote would let schools make ...

Teachers start voting on walkout
Vancouver Sun
Teachers are expected to begin voting today on whether to launch a fullscale walkout as the BC government prepares legislation aimed at ending the dispute. As teachers protested across the province Monday, Education Minister George Abbott said ...

Career Education swings to fourth-quarter loss
Chicago Tribune
Career Education Corp. swung to a fourth-quarter loss, as the for-profit education company failed to boost new student sign-ups at its colleges. The company, whose chief executive quit in November amid findings of improper placement practices, ...

BC teachers could strike as soon as Friday
By Janet Steffenhagen and Jonathan Fowlie, Postmedia News February 27, 2012 The British Columbia Teachers' Federation will seek approval for a full-scale strike when it appears tonight before the BC Labour Relations Board. VANCOUVER — The BC Teachers' ...

Obama hits back against Santorum 'snob' criticism by defending college ...
Washington Post (blog)
(Susan Walsh - AP) Speaking to the National Governors Association, Obama called on the group to protect public investment in education at a time of shrinking state budgets so that teachersremain in the classroom. Obama did not mention GOP presidential ...

National youth dance company in arts education review
BBC News
By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent A national youth dance company is to be set up, in response to a review of cultural education in England. But the government-commissioned review by Classic FM's Darren Henley found that cultural ...

BBC News

BC teachers seek approval for 8-day strike
The BC Teachers Federation is asking the province's Labour Relations Board for permission to fully withdraw their services for eight days in their contract dispute with the provincial government. The BCTF said Monday night is specifically requesting ...


Dispute puts teachers in a tough spot
Victoria Times Colonist
The BC Teachers' Federation, on the other hand, seems to have lost both its way and its focus on what to do next. Rather than recognizing the realities of the situation and adjusting its negotiating stance toward future considerations, it threatens to ...

Minnesota Senate Passes Teacher Layoffs Bill, Lets Schools Fire Educators ...
Huffington Post
The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Monday that would let schools lay off teachers based on their performance in the classroom rather than by seniority alone. The bill passed by a 36-26 vote would let schools make layoffs based on evaluations that ...

Are Santorum's comments on higher ed out of step?
CBS News
When Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum calls President Barack Obama "a snob" for wanting all Americans to attend college, he may be out of step with the public's overall view of higher education. Many Americans are suspicious of the culture ...

B.C. teachers rattle sabres
The Province
Teachers rally at the Cloverdale Agriplex Monday to protest government plans to legislate an end to their contract dispute. Teachers took to the streets on Monday as Education Minister George Abbott took to the airwaves as a contract showdown looms.

Teacher placed on leave in flap over autistic boy's treatment
Los Angeles Times
Kim Rollins and her son Sage say that Sage's former teacher at Ronald Reagan Elementary School in Wildomar required him to sit in a cardboard box in the classroom at times. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / February 17, 2012) By Phil Willon, ...

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Obama urges governors to boost education funding
February 27, 2012|Beth Fouhy, AP President Barack Obama Monday urged the nation's governors to invest more state resources in education, saying a highly skilled workforce is crucial for the US to remain competitive with other countries.

Teachers eye strike action
Abbotsford Times
During Monday's lunch break, teachers viewed a video presentation by BCTF president Susan Lambert and then held a Q & A session with their union reps. The BCTF vote was spurred byEducation Minister George Abbott's announcement last week legislation ...

Bills would connect teacher salaries with student performance
Fox 13 Now - Salt Lake City
Two bills are being debated on Utah's Capitol Hill that deal with teacher salaries and student performance. The first is sponsored by Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-West Jordan. If this bill is passed, teachers would be evaluated on student test scores, ...

State Senate strikes down teacher tenure
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Senate sponsor Pam Wolf, R-Spring Lake Park, herself a middle school teacher, said the change restores basic fairness. "In the event of a layoff, teachers would be laid off based on their effectiveness," Wolf said, noting that under the current system, ...

teacher employment bill gets early nod, but only after debate
Salt Lake Tribune
"I believe that where we have missed the mark in education reform is we focus solely on theeducation employee," said bill sponsor Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan. "Instead, I think we need to focus on administrative leadership within our schools.

Valley teachers meet to discuss job action
Comox Valley teachers held a meeting yesterday (Monday) to discuss the ongoing job action and their next step in the contract negotiation dispute. As of Monday afternoon, teachers across the province were waiting to hear if the Labour Relations Board ...

Expect the hammer to fall on BC teachers, even with mediator
The Province
The government is willing to bend a bit in its battle with BC teachers — but almost certainly not enough to soothe a savage union, as talk of a wildcat strike builds by the day. Education Minister George Abbott admitted Monday that teachers have ...

Obama on education
27 (UPI) -- A White House spokesman, asked about Rick Santorum calling Barack Obama aneducation snob, said the US president thinks "education is important for everyone." The Republican presidential candidate, a former US senator from Pennsylvania who ...

Teachers union pact not done
Columbus Dispatch
Requirements in Ohio House Bill 153, including an effort to retool how teachers are evaluated and paid, complicated negotiations, said Chris Williams, president of the Westerville EducationAssociation. “The complexity of the WEA contract prevented us ...

BC teachers ask for right to walk off job periodically
VANCOUVER — British Columbia's teachers want the right to walk off the job for nearly two weeks in their ongoing contract dispute. Teachers have been on a limited strike since the beginning of the school year, but because of essential services ...


State Eyes Shielding Teachers
Wall Street Journal
By LISA FLEISHER and JACOB GERSHMAN As New York City parents and teachers struggled Monday to make sense of recently published schoolteacher rankings, education officials considered whether future releases should be illegal to protect a fragile truce ...

Senate opts for performance over tenure in teacher layoffs
Pioneer Press
By Megan Boldt The Minnesota Senate on Monday passed a bill that would end the practice of using experience as the deciding factor when schools let teachers go. Senators approved the bill on a 36-26 vote. Only one DFL lawmaker, Sen.

BC Teachers' Federation considers full-scale walkout
Teachers rally outside Moscrop Secondary School on Willingdon Avenue on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. (Courtesy Mandy Alves) UPDATE: The BC Teachers' Federation is asking the Labour Relations Board for four strike days a week, over a two week period.

Campaign calls for new teacher-training 'infrastructure'
BBC News
The UK needs a new "infrastructure" to support the teaching of computing in schools, the chancellor has been told. Leading education and industry groups have signed a letter asking George Osborne to fund new computer training forteachers.

BBC News

B.C. teachers ask for limited walkout
MetroNews Canada
Their employer countered by suggesting teachers should be limited to walking out for a single day over a 10-day period, while returning to their full duties when they're at work. The teachers' application was in response to the education minister's ...

LRB to make decision on possible BC teachers walkout
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - The labour dispute involving your child's teachers could turn into a full-scale walkout, thanks to a decision expected this morning from the Labour Relations Board. The LRB will rule on the number of days teachers can skip out of ...

The Cost of Public Education
Austin News
However, he said that was no reason to trim resources from schools. Specifically, the president called for more teachers in the classroom. "The fact is that too many states are making cuts ineducation that I think are simply too big," Obama said.

Aliza Polkes: An Education
By Aliza Polkes
I could literally feel the paranoia, that my teacher, my parents, and probably God, were somehow watching me, welling in my gut. ... It was how my teachers affirmed that I was a good student, that I was "smart," that I was being "educated." It was ...
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President Obama Challenges Governors to Invest in Education | The ...
By Megan Slack
“Budgets are about choices, so today I'm calling on you to choose to invest more in teachers, invest more in education, and invest more in our children and their future.” ... Investing in K-12education: Continue funding successful programs like Race to the Top, which makes funds available on a competitive basis to states that implement reforms to improve student success; and Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, which helps expand access to high-quality earlyeducation ...
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Three New Tools Bring Machine Learning Insights to the Masses
By Sam Charrington
Over the past few years, machine learning has quickly become the "secret sauce" of large-scale web sites. Machine learning systems have historically been hand-crafted by the small armies of computer science and mathematics Ph.D.s in ...

Hard Times for the National Education Association - Big Government
By Education Action Group
NEA leaders have spent the past several years excoriating state officials for cutting aid to public education and school boards for seeking union concessions – accusing them of hating teachers and trying to destroy public education. Now the NEA that is ... Tags: National EducationAssociation, nea, teacher unions. Posted Feb 27th 2012 at 4:56 ... I have no doubt that if our students were learning and excelling, the unions wouldn't have the problems that they do. They would have been ...
Big Government

What's different about mobile learning?
By Connie Malamed
As the doors open to a new era of mobile learning and performance support, it's a good time to step back and think about the new mindset required when designing for mobile. Although a mobile pedagogy will continue to evolve, we already ...
The Learning Circuits Blog

Close Read: Bad Teachers, or Bad Ratings? : The New Yorker
By Amy Davidson
In English, none of the teachers managed to score above average; only a small minority of the math teachers did. A teacher your child loves and seems to be learning a lot from was in the high single digits, percentile-wise. This is surprising, if ...
News Desk

President Obama Challenges Governors to Invest in Education | The ...
By The White House
“Budgets are about choices, so today I'm calling on you to choose to invest more in teachers, invest more in education, and invest more in our children and their future.” ... 2 million workers, to continue giving states, districts and schools the funding and flexibility they need to put a greatteacher in every classroom and build on the successes of the Race to the Top program, to improve early childhood education, and to create incentives for innovative reforms to keep college affordable.
White House.gov Press Office Feed

Half an Hour: Knowledge, Learning and Community
By Stephen Downes
The intent of these short contributions to the #Change11 course is to allow guest speakers to summarize their sum contribution to the field of online learning and new educational technology. Though I have recently become better known ...
Half an Hour

Skepticblog » Teaching Allah and Xenu in Indiana
By Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer criticizes the Indiana State Senate's approval last month of a bill that would allow public school science teachers to teach religious origin stories in their classrooms, including those from: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, ...

Many parents in the dark on teacher ratings on first day back ...
By Geoff Decker
Freeman was referring to the wide margin of error that exists for many of the individual teacherrating scores. That caveat, among others, has prompted education department officials to insist to news organizations that readers should ...
GothamSchools » Newsroom

DA: Newton Teacher Charged With Child Porn Took Secret Photos ...
By deanreddington
Parents tell WBZ they had to identify their children in photos snapped secretly by David Ettlinger in the classroom and on the playground.
CBS Boston

Huppenthal: Math game will transform classroom learning
By Pat Kossan
Huppenthal: Math game will transform classroom learning, The schools chief is putting his math-based game in place in classrooms around the state. ... Then in 2008, ASU education-technology designers agreed to build a software program for the game. "Bang. It just came to life," Huppenthal said of ... The minimum goal for the fourth-grade teachers at Dobson Academy is 80 percent accuracy, and that has been the typical average, teacher Dedra Farester said. "The kids are working ...
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Teacher DataToolkit - New York City Department of Education
From the 2007-08 through 2009-10 school years, the Department ofEducation provided ...

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