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Modern Lament: Credentialed but not actually educated

Transterrestrial Musings - College and Education
By Rand Simberg
That's stating the obvious. Barbara Skolaut. August 4, 2012, 4:03 pm | # | Reply. From what we've seen of the clowns in this administration with degrees from prestigious universities, they may be credentialed, but they're not actually educated.
Transterrestrial Musings 

Rhee's teacher evaluation system is revised — but is it improved?
Washington Post (blog)
“Looking at test scores should be only a first step – not an end point – in considering questions about student achievement, or even more broadly, about student learning,” it says. There are other changes to IMPACT, too ... At first, teachers were judged by five half-hour observations over the course of a year, and in each of those observations, they had to show 22 separate teachingcompetencies. These included tailoring ... ineffective teachers; maybe not. It's impossible to know with a flawed teacher evaluation system.
Arne Duncan: Better education starts with best educators
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)
Education Secretary Arne Duncan discussed the state of education reform recently with Editorial Page Editor Tom Moran. An edited ... A. When I travel around the country and try to recruit teachers, I ask: “What would you think if you were 30 years old and you could make $100000 teaching?” And you ... I've talked about doubling salaries and a great teacher making $130000 or $140000. ... When scores were released in New York recently, we saw that some teachers were rated as great one year and awful the next.

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)

Evaluating the District's teachers
Washington Post
The aim of IMPACT was to replace the subjective and haphazard way teachers had been evaluated with a system that set clear expectations, reliably measured performance and provided support, but that also had consequences. ... have been dismissed, standout teachershave been rewarded with some of the highest salaries in the country, and other school systems, as The Post's Emma Brown reported, have followed the District's lead in linking teacher pay and job security to student achievement on standardized ...

Education: Isolation chambers
Columbus Dispatch
Karen Boddie pleaded with officials at the Ohio Department of Education to step in when her son was locked alone in Columbus' Clearbrook Middle School's seclusion room and denied lunch. The state told ... Amy Dorn, a teacher in Middletown in southwestern Ohio, remembers the day a student fled her classroom, flung her into a brick wall and threw another teacher into lockers. ... The policy specifies that isolation isn't supposed to be used to punish students or “as an act of retribution or respite for the teachers.” ...

Columbus Dispatch

Washington Heights teacher gets green education
New York Daily News
The perky 24-year-old from Maine, a special education teacher at Patria Mirabal MS 324, is brimming with dozens of ways to promote sustainability in the classroom after an eye-opening trip to “Green Boot Camp” in San Diego. “Learningecological ... Kast was one of 70 teachers from nine countries who won a scholarship from technology manufacturing giant Honeywell for a week-long program aimed at championing clean, green energy use — and zapping fuel-gouging “energy vampires.” Leaving the stifling city for ...

New York Daily News

Learning skills outside of class
Learning skills outside of class. Andrew Taber, who grew up in Olympia, spent seven yearsteaching English in Japan. It was there that he and his two children were exposed to the world of Kumon, an after-school learning program that has expanded well beyond ... The Kumon method was founded in the 1950s by Toru Kumon, a teacher in Japan who created the program for his own children. .... State business and education leaders look for ways to push more education in science, technology, engineering and math.

Education is certainly important, but it must go hand-in-hand with the creation of ...
Our nation's economic competitiveness and the path to the American Dream depend on providing every child with an education that will enable them to succeed in a global economy that is predicated on knowledge and innovation.” Next New Deal. Now it's certainly true that a goodeducation is still the best ... We need to use public dollars to invest in job creation, from construction workers to school teachers, all with good wages and benefits. And yes, we should make it possible for many more of our young people to ...

Teaching space and the search for alien life: news and resources round up
The Guardian (blog)
... like space itself) seem to be infinite. If you have any particular favourites please do share them in the comments field of the blog and if you have made your own resources please share them with your fellow professionals on the GuardianTeacher Network.

The Guardian (blog)

Letters: Building a better education system
Los Angeles Times
Any competent teacher knows how her students are progressing throughout the year. ... Levine says the emphasis in public education has moved from teaching to learning; it should move to educating, as only then can a child's full potential be realized. ... When May comes, we give students expensive standardized tests to determine their progress, a separate set of tests to evaluate their teachers and schools, and in many cases high school students take additional tests to determine their academic futures. And in ...

Ohio education head Heffner resigns in wake of Inspector General report
Under the State Board of Education's succession plan, starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 10, Michael Sawyers, Deputy Superintendent, will begin leading the Department of Education until the Board names a new state superintendent. "I've loved ... As we move forward, it's essential that a new superintendent be both an experienced leader and an effective advocate for the school improvements Ohio's kids and teachers need, and I look forward to supporting the Board any way I can in their process." Statement by ...


Our View: Proposition II and Teacher Merit Pay: What's the Answer?
Twin Falls Times-News
The question is — what happens to the teacher merit pay for the fiscal year ending June 30 if voters say “No”? The fiscal year, which corresponds to school year 2011-12 that also ended in June, was the inaugural school year in which teachers could earn ...

Veteran teacher: Students should take advantage of rich experiences of their ...
Newnan Times-Herald
Barbara Landreth, head of the English department at Newnan High School, said most teacherscan't wait to get back into their classrooms — many cutting their summer vacations short to start getting rooms ready long before the official start of pre-planning. “Back-to-school ... By tapping into the rich variety of life experiences, education and human-ness of their schools' instructors and staff members, students can not only better understand their own courses of study but also learn to view learning as a lifelong pursuit.

Education degree no longer needed to be school chief
Citizens Voice
There is no longer a need to be a teacher or principal or to have an education-related degree. That means area school districts will ... To be a school district chief, the law previously required a person to have a Letter of Eligibility, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. To receive that letter, the person ... Phillip Latinski, a Wilkes-Barre school board member and retired principal, said people who have not been teachers would not understand the job of a superintendent. "I admire these people for having ...

The Internet was my music teacher
Usman Riaz: Acquiring skill in music has long required learning from teachers; He says the role of the teacher can now be fulfilled through online resources; Riaz: I learned to master percussive guitar through watching others on video; At TEDGlobal ... And I was able to discusslearning with TED curator Chris Anderson, who has described how the Internet is encouraging people around the world to develop skills, such as the ability to learn to play musical instruments, that might have previously been out of reach.

Struggling for Students' Readiness
New York Times
Debates over lagging performance at community colleges and four-year institutions can devolve into finger-pointing between the higher education and K-12 camps, each blaming the other for students' poor performance at the postsecondary level. ... early-college school, with a goal of 90 percent of its students graduating with an associate degree by 2015 — at a time when Superintendent Kim Alexander projects that about the same percentage will be from low-income and English-language-learning backgrounds.

Evaluating teachers is not so easy
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
solution for unknotting the academic tangle, but I do, because of a long career as a classroom teacher in a large, diverse high school, have some insights that may help to explain why establishing a set of standards for judging teachers is so complicated.

Details key to teacher merit pay
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
It would use results from a new teacher evaluation system being developed by the Mississippi Department of Education. That will measure teachers on a range of skills and rank them from unsatisfactory to emerging to effective to distinguished - rankings that ...

Mass exodus of the educators
Sydney Morning Herald
The Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, says, ''Reliable and accurate workforce data for teachers is crucial if we want to address teacher shortages in key areas and keep the best teachers in our classrooms. ... ''She helped me navigate the 'business' side of the school, which enabled me to focus my time onteaching,'' Blaszczyk says, ''More importantly, she guided and encouraged me to try new teaching and learning strategies, embrace tough situations as learningexperiences, and to reflect on my practice.

Sydney Morning Herald

UPDATED: Education agency suspends Birmingham schools' district ...
al.com (blog)
In a letter dated July 31 and addressed to Birmingham school board President Edward Maddox, the president of AdvancEd says he has been monitoring "with increasing concern" governance issues associated with the Birmingham Board of Education.

al.com (blog)

Florida education board names interim commissioner
The State Board of Education appointed Pam Stewart as interim commissioner following the resignation of Gerard Robinson after just a year on the job. The panel ... Stewart is a formerteacher, principal and deputy St. Johns County school superintendent.

Pressure rising for Lee County teachers
The News-Press
Debbie Fite, a sixth grade reading teacher at Three Oaks Middle School sets her classroom up for the start of the school year that starts next Wednesday. Fite says that education is under the microscope more than ever and the teachers are feeling the stress.

Top Ohio education leader Stan Heffner quits amid findings
The IG report also found that Heffner misused his state email and cellphone to communicate with the testing firm, and assigned the executive secretary in his office at the Ohio Department of Education to schedule travel related to the job and handle paperwork ...

Top Ohio education leader quits
Marion Star
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio's top education official resigned Saturday amid ethical questions about his work for an educational testing contractor. Stan Heffner's two-sentence letter was released by the state Education Department and said he would leave next ...

Branstad set to take another swing at education reform
Quad City Times
Terry Branstad stood behind his speaker's podium and assessed the success of his 2012education reform package. Hardly any of his major initiatives — online learning, teacherevaluation, third-grade retention for poor readers — went through unscathed.
Garth Brooks Added to 'Teachers Rock' TV Special
By Amy Sciarretto
The concert celebrates teachers and education, and it happens to take place just as back-to-school madness begins. Other non-country acts set to appear include Usher, Adam Levine and Josh Groban. Other music, film and sports stars are ...
Taste of Country

Schools Matter: Test Scores and Teacher Evaluation/ Pay: A Primer
By P. L. Thomas
Teachers, parents, and the public who are genuinely concerned about public school quality must enter directly the teacher evaluation/pay debate, but do so informed with the following foundational facts, messages, and questions: ... established that teacher quality is a central problem in education, the excessive cost in time and money needed to create a test-based system that would capture in some fair way teacher quality is disproportionate to the current needs in education reform.
Schools Matter

The Millions : “This is my college education.”
By Nick Moran
Dr Bob says "As soon one who tried to make the transition from college (adjunct teaching) to 7 – 12 public school teaching, one phrase of caution: ARE YOU TO..."Got an MFA? Teach High School. Helen DeWitt says "I once knew a writer ...
The Millions

MVN » Constructive Education
By hofrewrite
However its words are limpid and of so great objetividade that it makes with that the said one is exactly air-tight with principle, way and end, an absolute truth, without any possibility of something if to add to it. Let us search in history, the history ...

Ex-Teacher Who Impregnated Student Gets 9 Months In Jail, Awaits ...
By sstoddart
A 59-year-old former Michigan teacher who authorities say had a sexual relationship with a then-16-year-old student in 2010 has been sentenced to nine months behind bars.
CBS Detroit

Target Launches 'Give With Target' Initiative To Help Raise $1 ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
There is definitely more to love about Target beyond their amazing designer collaborations. Case in point, the mega store has announced a new initiative called "Give With Target" to help raise a whopping $1 Billion for schools nationwide by ...
The Huffington Post | Full News Feed

Blended Learning: Seven Lessons Learned through Experience ...
By scirceo
The Washington Court Education Services team had to figure out how to provide appropriatelearning opportunities for this important group. The answer came a few months later when the State Justice Institute provided a grant of $25000 to ...

Students drive technology in Okaloosa schools | technology, plans ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of five weekly stories about technology and its changing role in Okaloosa County schools. The next story will look at ...

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