One of the biggest debates in public education today is over how to best educate student teacher for the rigors of the classroom. Here is a thoughtful piece on the essence of teaching and the kind of teacher education programs we really need from Mike Rose, who is on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of “Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education.” This is longer than your average blog post but well worth the time, and is the first of three pieces on teacher education by Rose.Read full article >>
More than 70 percent of college graduates in 2012 had student loans, and their average debt surpassed $29,000, according to an independent analysis of federal data made public Wednesday.
Both figures were higher than what was found in a comparable profile of graduates four years earlier.Read full article >>
The school board in Huntsville, Alabama, has unanimously decided to pay students for achieving benchmark scores on the ACT college admissions test in an effort, members said, to get kids to take the test more seriously.Read full article >>
It took Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) less than a month to select Lyn Mundey to fill the school board seat vacated by Carletta Fellows (District 7) earlier this year.
After Donna Hathaway-Beck (District 9) resigned in late August, Baker quickly started accepting applications. Christian Rhodes, his education adviser, said at the time that the county executive planned to make an appointment by the end of September.Read full article >>
Bring the Prohibition Era alive — Free Lesson Plan Download
December 5th marks the 80th anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Download our totally free lesson plan on the Prohibition era. Students will learn about the background of the 18th Amendment, the individuals who fought for and against Prohibition, and its eventual repeal — on December 5, 1933. They will learn about the roles of historical figures from the era by taking on their identities for a dinner party and use their new knowledge in a game of Prohibition Pictionary.