A controversial federal proposal to improve monitoring of teacher-preparation programs has drawn more than 2,300 public comments, many of them reflecting coordinated opposition from higher education and policy groups.
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Have you heard about the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and has since spread to 14 states? How do you think schools should handle children who are unvaccinated?
Did you watch the Super Bowl? What did you think of the game? What is your reaction to the Patriots’ victory?
Here are several paragraphs from a Jan. 29 article written before the Super Bowl, “At Halftime, Hear Her Roar.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?
What is at the heart of great teaching? Ellie Herman set out to find out and the following post explains what she learned. Herman took an unorthodox path to the world of education. For two decades she was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” She wrote fiction that appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. Then, in 2007, she decided “on an impulse” to become an English teacher. She got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She chronicled the lessons she learned on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., where a version of the following post appeared. Herman, who gave me permission to publish this piece, was awarded first and third place prizes in the 2014 SoCal Journalist Awards given by the Los Angeles Press Club for pieces on her blog. Now she teaches reading and writing at an after-school enrichment program for students from low-income families, visits the classrooms of great teachers, and works with writers, artists and other creative people.Read full article >>
Hello, If there was ever a time for us to vigilant about federal legislation it is NOW! Share this link to the webinar presented last week by Cat Macdonald, our NCSS lobbyist. She provides a very articulate explanation of ESEA Reauthorization and the upcoming appropriations process for the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE). There will be much for us to do in the coming months so please stay tuned and get engaged. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoq7TgEhT0I&feature=youtu.be --> Read More
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Dangerous times call for unusual measures in northwestern Pakistan, where the Taliban massacred 150 people at a school in December.