New Research: Despite Great Enthusiasm for Personalized Learning, Teachers Say Attempts to Innovate Are Often Stymied by School District Bureaucracy

Credit: Helen H. Richardson June 21, 2018  KATE STRINGER When school districts adopt personalized learning, the bulk of the work falls to teachers, who, while excited about the opportunity to innovate, are often not supported by their school systems to implement and share their ideas. That’s according to new research from the Center on Reinventing Public Education, which analyzed the efforts of districts and organizations that received … Continue reading New Research: Despite Great Enthusiasm for Personalized Learning, Teachers Say Attempts to Innovate Are Often Stymied by School District Bureaucracy

Teachers Need More Training Than Rules Allowed, Judge Says

By Elizabeth A. Harris June 20, 2018 A New York state judge on Tuesday overturned new rules that would have allowed some charter schools to decide on their own who was qualified to teach. The rules, enacted last year by the State University of New York, one of the two entities that grants charters in the state, were part of 2016 deal in the state legislature. In exchange … Continue reading Teachers Need More Training Than Rules Allowed, Judge Says

Chicago promised that closing nearly 50 schools would help kids in 2013. A new report says it didn’t.

By Valerie Strauss May 24, 2018 In 2013, the Chicago school district closed 49 elementary schools and one high school program in the face of a $1 billion deficit, the largest mass school closure in the country’s modern history. Schools officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel made this promise to nearly 12,000 mostly African American students from families living in poverty: When you are sent to a … Continue reading Chicago promised that closing nearly 50 schools would help kids in 2013. A new report says it didn’t.

PED releases report card grades on state’s teacher prep programs

Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski By Shelby Perea Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Starting July 1, teacher preparation programs in the state will be graded by the Public Education Department with the majority of points coming from components of its teacher evaluations — a controversial measuring system that gubernatorial candidates have vowed to do away with. The new rule allows PED to rate educator … Continue reading PED releases report card grades on state’s teacher prep programs

With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

BY MARTA W. ALDRICH JUNE 11, 2018 Tennessee’s plan to start grading its schools this year has taken a big detour. Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system, under development for more than a year as part of Tennessee’s sweeping plan to usher in a new era of school quality. Now the state Education Department has come up … Continue reading With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law

Commentary: To Improve Education in Our Technological World, Put Teachers in Charge of ‘Doing Different’ and Empower Them to Innovate

June 18, 2018  TED KOLDERIE With personalized and digital learning approaching, traditional real school is obsolete. Now, for learning to be better, school will have to be different. This means the traditional process for change is also obsolete. Getting fundamentally different schools will require a fundamentally different process. What improved the existing will not produce schooling of the sort now needed and now possible. The … Continue reading Commentary: To Improve Education in Our Technological World, Put Teachers in Charge of ‘Doing Different’ and Empower Them to Innovate

Why are we ignoring the best news about Arizona teachers?

Arizona students are improving on national tests even when they shouldn’t be. Why? I’m fairly sure teachers have something to do with it. Joanna Allhands, May 4, 2018 As the #RedforEd walkout rages, a few readers have told me that teachers don’t deserve extra funding until they improve performance among their students. But that overlooks some of the best – and most ignored – news our … Continue reading Why are we ignoring the best news about Arizona teachers?

Dallas teachers to strike on Tuesday as board passes budget, but no contract

Dallas School District Superintendent Thomas Duffy, left, offers remarks as board president Sherri Newell and solicitor Vito DeLuca look on during the school board meeting on Monday night at Dallas High School. – Bill Tarutis |  June 18, 2018  By Eileen Godin DALLAS TWP. — No new vote, no new contract, no school today. A contentious Dallas School Board meeting Monday night saw board members and … Continue reading Dallas teachers to strike on Tuesday as board passes budget, but no contract

How Washington D.C.’s public schools went from success story to cautionary tale

Winston Clarke, the father of a Duke Ellington High School junior, speaks during a May 23, 2018, news conference in front of the school in Washington. Parents at the prestigious performing arts public school are in a fight with the office of the school superintendent, which charges that dozens of Ellington families have faked District of Columbia residency in order to attend the school without … Continue reading How Washington D.C.’s public schools went from success story to cautionary tale

Melrose teachers continue calls for fair evaluations

By Conor Powers-Smith Posted Jun 1, 2018 at 4:01 PM For the third Friday in a row, Melrose teachers demonstrated solidarity with recently released colleagues on June 1 by gathering outside schools across the city in union t-shirts before heading in for the start of classes. “The standouts or the walk-ins or however you want to characterize them are really just educators supporting other educators,” said Melrose Education Association President Lisa … Continue reading Melrose teachers continue calls for fair evaluations