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Will Apple create the all-iPad classroom?
San Jose Mercury News
By Sharon Noguchi Apple hopes its foray into digital textbooks for the iPad will impress educators and corner a huge, lucrative K-12 book market. But the high costs of the plan and the challenges of mobile technology could ensure that hardback books ...

Measuring teachers
By susie
A perfect example of why it doesn't work. Bookmark It.
Suburban Guerrilla

BC teachers strike starts today
BC teachers plan to start a three-day strike on Monday. (CBC) Education Minister George Abbott says the ministry is working to support the province's school districts during the labour withdrawal. "We are hoping all of this leads to what will be a ...


California High School Teacher-Student Romance: Therapist Calls Man 'Sexual ...
ABC News
The former high school teacher who left his family to be with a former student is a "sex predator" and the couple are suffering from shared paranoia, thinking that the world is against them, a therapist who has spoken to the man said.

ABC News

Across Canada, cash-strapped governments target education
Globe and Mail
In both cases, governments contend that restraint is non-negotiable – and savings must either come from teachers' pockets or from programs, supplies and job cuts. Teacherand staff costs consume as much as 85 per cent of education budgets in some ...

Globe and Mail

Strengthening Teacher and Principal Performance: New Guide Offers Best ...
MarketWatch (press release)
In fact, the Education Commission of the States reports that 19 states have revamped their teacher evaluation systems in the past year--and many others are currently debating changes. These changes are also the result of federal programs, ...

Siena: Teacher Evals May Not Help, But Are Fair
New York Daily News (blog)
Half think the new system will actually improve the quality of education, compared to 38% who say it won't have an impact, the Siena College poll shows. But 57% say the system is fair to teachers while 30% called it unfair. Not surprisingly the numbers ...

Archipelago Learning To Be Acquired By Plato Learning For $291M
Wall Street Journal
Archipelago Learning (ARCL) agreed to be acquired by Plato Learning for about $291 million in a deal that would bring the two education companies' combined customer base to over 50000 schools if completed. Plato, an education technology company owned ...

Examining Teacher Rankings
New York Times
Education columnist Michael Winerip looks at one school, Public School 146 Brooklyn New School, an elementary school in Carroll Gardens, where several fifth grade teachers received rock-bottom ratings, even though the majority of their students were ...

PLATO Learning Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Award-Winning Education ...
MarketWatch (press release)
MINNEAPOLIS, Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- PLATO Learning, a leading provider of online education solutions for kindergarten through adult learners, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Archipelago Learning ...

Archipelago Learning to be Acquired by PLATO Learning
MarketWatch (press release)
DALLAS, Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Archipelago Learning (NASDAQ:ARCL) , a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which PLATO ...

Teachers begin three-day walkout Monday
Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER — Teachers were planning to distribute leaflets outside BC public schools Monday morning at the start of what is likely to be a three-day strike. Because picketing is not legally permitted in this job action, schools were expected to remain ...

Secondary students rally before teachers go on strike
Montreal Gazette
Students and parents in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district took to the streets on Friday afternoon to ensure their voices are heard as the province's teachers prepare to begin a three-day strike on Monday. Hundreds of secondary school students ...

Value-Added Evaluation Hurts Teaching
Education Week News
Joanna Cannon, executive director of the New York City Department of Education'sOffice of Research and Data, speaks to reporters about the release of individual performance rankings of 18000 public school teachers while New York City Schools ...

Education Week News

Money for students, not BC teachers
National Post
A year later, the two sides settled on a five-year contract that included a 16% pay increase over the term, plus a $3700 "signing bonus" to every individual teacher. It was a pretty sweet deal, one that some teachers figured they could duplicate.

Archipelago Learning To Be Taken Private By Plato Learning In $291 Mln Deal
(RTTNews.com) - Archipelago Learning, Inc. (ARCL) agreed Monday to be taken private by Onlineeducation solutions provider Plato Learning, which is owned by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC., for $11.10 per share in cash, representing an equity ...

Government, teachers trapped in dysfunctional relationship
Globe and Mail
As the 41000 disgruntled members of the BC Teachers' Federation walk out (and parents stew about the inconvenience of it all), they find themselves taking part in a strike they didn't want – but which their union helped orchestrate.

Globe and Mail

Plato Learning acquires another software firm
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Plato Learning, an online education company based in Bloomington, has reached an agreement to acquire publicly traded Archipelago Learning of Dallas for approximately $291 million, the two companies announced Monday. The cash transaction at $11.10 per ...

Parents told not to bring kids to school
By Walter Cordery, Daily News March 5, 2012 The Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District is urging parents not to bring their children to school this morning or for the duration of the three-day teachersstrike. Teachers, however, say they will not do ...

Neither government nor teachers acting in best interest of special-needs ...
Vancouver Sun
"Neither side is putting students first," MOMS On the Move, an ad hoc network of special-educationadvocates, says in a release today, adding that "key positions by both parties are harmful to students with special needs in particular".

BC teachers set to begin three-day job action
VANCOUVER — About 41000 teachers in British Columbia are due to begin a three-day strike this morning. The teachers are demanding improved benefits and a 15-per cent pay increase over three years. The BC government says there's no way it can afford ...


BC teachers to begin three-day walkout
Sun News Network
The provincial labour relations board ruled teachers are allowed to strike for three consecutive days this week. Following that, they're permitted to strike one day a week.Teachers are demanding a 15% wage increase over three years.

Sun News Network

Government need to get tough, BCTF needs to stop bullying
The Province
Also, many teachers continue to receive yearly raises. As ex-Vancouver school trustee Carol Gibson notes in the website citycaucus.com, teacher-salary grids provide automatic hikes for increased education and for each year of teaching experience to a ...

More teachers tell of cheating at Philadelphia's Cayuga school
Philadelphia Inquirer
By Kristen A. Graham Cheating at Cayuga Elementary School may date back to at least the 2007-08 school year, when, a teacher said, principal Evelyn Cortez directed teachers administering state achievement tests to "go through and make sure no questions ...

Church schools shun poorest pupils
The Guardian
The Roman Catholic church, which has repeatedly insisted its schools are inclusive, comes out particularly badly in the examination of data published by the Department forEducation (DfE) last month and in December. Three-quarters of Catholic primary ...

The Guardian

It's strike day one for BC teachers
CKNW News Talk 980
Teachers are off the job starting this morning -- marking the beginning of a 3-day strike. Bottom line from districts across the province: stay away from school -- unless absolutely necessary. BCTeachers' Federation President Susan Lambert is ...

Esther Wojcicki: Celebrate Open Education Resources (OER) during ...
By Esther Wojcicki
Want to participate in the most exciting part of the education revolution? You can this week as universities, schools, educators and students around the world are celebrating Open EducationWeek. ... Teachers · Education Reform · Arne Duncan · School Bullying · Armchair Detective More. Log in | Create Account. |; Sign Out ... Esther Wojcicki. Journalism/English teacher. GET UPDATES FROM Esther Wojcicki. Like. 46 ... Tony Bryk: Learning How to Improve. College Admissions: Parent ...
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Schools Matter: Confessions of a "Bad Teacher"
By Judy Rabin
Confessions of a 'Bad' Teacher. By WILLIAM JOHNSON. I AM a special education teacher. My students have learning disabilities ranging from autism and attention-deficit disorder to cerebral palsy and emotional disturbances. I love these kids, but they can be a handful. Almost without exception, they ... the city's Education Department. Last June, my principal at the time rated my teaching “unsatisfactory,” checking off a few boxes on an evaluation sheet that placed my career in limbo.
Schools Matter

Teachers unions: More good work if you can get it « Hot Air
By Jazz Shaw
The sweet deal that all the 3400 teachers in Buffalo are eligible to get under one of their insurance plan options, they are billed nothing for any plastic surgery procedure, such as botox, liposuction, tummy tucks, and there is no deductible. Linda Tokarz ..... Look at the poor kids in 3rd world nations who value their education. We've got a nation of spoiled brats. We've got adults who expect miracles when they refuse to hold their kids accountable for anything. I do not find teaching hard.
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About 2000 Sacramento-Area Teachers To Get Layoff Notices ...
By Lisa
Placer County education leaders say about 125 teachers will get preliminary layoff notices, while smaller districts, including Twin Rivers Unified, will also be sending out notices. Last year about 2500 Sacramento County teachers received pink ...
CBS Sacramento

Patterico's Pontifications » Buffalo Teachers' Free Plastic Surgery
By Patterico
Nothing says “thanks for teaching my kid!” like a free boob job ... The sweet deal that all the 3400teachers in Buffalo are eligible to get under one of their insurance plan options, they are billed nothing for any plastic surgery procedure, such as botox, liposuction, tummy tucks, and there is no deductible. ... Louis Petrucci, the president of the Buffalo Board of Education says he is projecting a $42 million deficit in next year's school budget. ... only if the teacher is a nuisance. and attractive.
Patterico's Pontifications

Enjoyable Learning through handson Lessons - The Nation
Enjoyable Learning through handson Lessons. To students, a classroom is boring if they have to sit silently and listen only to their lecturers. To educational experts, such classrooms give...
NationMultimedia.com - Opinion

Child's aunt slaps Berbice teacher in HM's office : Kaieteur News
By KNews
A young teacher of the Rose Hall Town Primary School allegedly received several slaps on his face from an irate guardian of a child in his Grade Four class. The incident took place on Friday, in the school's Head teacher's office, in the ...
Kaieteur News

Good teachers, low value-added scores — Joanne Jacobs
By Joanne
... School · Advertise. You are here: Home / Education / Good teachers, low value-added scores ...At a very high-achieving Brooklyn elementary school, the fifth-grade teachers posted low value-added scores, writes Michael Winerip in the New York Times. They're a ... This resulted in the worst thing that can happen to a teacher in America today: negative value was added. ... Fifth-grade scores have never mattered much, so teachers have been free to focus on project-based learning.
Joanne Jacobs

Accessibility workshop for education - Education - Site Home ...
By Ray Fleming
Ray Fleming's take on what's interesting in Education IT in Australia. Advanced search options... Search In: ... Microsoft Flight simulator - free software for teachers in February. Posted 4 days ago. by Ray Fleming ... All recent Microsoft blog posts about Education. Archives. Archives. March 2012 (3) ... Teacher Training Workshop on Accessibility. It is a complete ... Office 2010 and accessibility · Publishing accessible learning resources from Office · Remote teaching for blind students ...
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