It’s not just in the United States where veteran teachers are feeling a bit unwanted in the push for young recruits from programs such as Teach For America.
The Guardian newspaper in England published a post in its Secret Teacher blog, written by teachers who write anonymously, with this headline: “There’s an insidious prejudice against older teachers.’ The piece refers to a program in England called “Teach First,” which, it turns out, is a founding partner with Wendy Kopp’s Teach For America in a growing network of dozens of organizations in countries around the world that try to change the teacher corps. It’s called Teach For All, which I wrote about in this post:Read full article >>
A Fairfax County first-grade teacher, best known for her dedication to her students in and out of the classroom, was named the 2014 Virginia teacher of the year on Friday night.
Melissa Porfirio, 39, of Springfield’s Crestwood Elementary was one of eight teachers from across the state up for the honor.Read full article >>
Maryland was among the first states to administer a comprehensive test of skills for kindergarten students. The assessment gives educators and policymakers a picture of where students are and what the achievement gap looks like at the starting line.Read full article >>
The teacher ratings madness continues. In this piece, Aaron Pallas, professor of sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, asks and answers this question: Are there really no highly effective elementary or middle-school teachers in Syracuse? Pallas writes the Sociological Eye on Education blog — where this post appeared — for The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, non-partisan education-news outlet affiliated with the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media.Read full article >>
A 12-year-old girl got sick late last month while she was at her Philadelphia school -- a school without a full-time nurse. She died later that day. Here’s a piece on what happened to Laporshia Massey from the website of the nonprofit Parents United for Public Education in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia school district has been in a state of crisis for years in large part because of under-funding by the state. Drastic budget cuts this year led to what was referred to as a “grim new normal” that included the closure of two dozens schools, layoffs of more than 3,800 personnel and other cuts that left some schools without money for paper and new books.Read full article >>
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D.C. Public Schools teachers may have to work without pay if the federal government shutdown continues past the end of the month.
A spokesman for Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said that nearly 4,000 teachers and other city workers will be paid on time on Tuesday. But that may be the last on-time payday for a while for the men and women who educate city kids.Read full article >>