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Teachers unionize at Calif. schools led by Rhee

Teachers at a small Sacramento, Calif., charter school chain have voted to unionize, the city’s teachers union was due to announce Wednesday. That is not necessarily news. What is news: the schools’ board chair is former Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, the famously combative union adversary. ...




Advice for Superintendents: A Consultant's Perspective

As a former teacher in an urban school district (12 years) and as a consultant who has worked closely with more than 20 superintendents, I have learned a few things about the complex role of the superintendent. I have great respect for the challenging, even overwhelming job of a superintendent. ...




Principals' Test Not Predictive of Success on the Job

Exam results show racial disparities
New research has found essentially no positive correlation between how would-be principals perform on a widely used licensure exam and their success as school leaders.The study, which looked at principals’ performance on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and on-the-job evaluations, student achievement, and teacher surveys, over a 10-year period in Tennessee, also found that non-white candidates were about three times less likely than white candidates to pass the exam. ...




7 Things EdLeaders Should Do

There’s a big opportunity to boost math and science achievement by using new tools to create powerful learning experiences and environments. That was the message at a Phoenix STEM conference sponsored by MIND Research Institute    Learner-centered: a personalized path for every student;    Blended: combining online, project based, and small group learning; and    Competency-based: learners show what they know and progress as they demonstrate mastery. ...




Mass. Teacher Starts 'Uber for Substitutes'

A veteran teacher, frustrated with the amount of movies and busywork she saw in classes with substitute teachers, has come up with a solution that Harvard Ed. Magazine refers to as "Uber for substitute teachers."
 
Under the startup, Parachute Teachers, professionals in the community—a computer scientist, a chef, a musician, and so on—"parachute" into the classroom and teach something they're passionate about. ...




Help Wanted: Teacher-Shortage Hot Spots

Teacher shortages became a major story in some states last school year, and they have continued to make headlines across the country this summer, with districts struggling to fill hundreds of openings as classes begin.
 
While the overall U. ...




Districts struggle to keep teachers

Minnesota's teachers are leaving the profession in alarming numbers, according to a recent study. Student debt, low pay and a negative perception all contribute to the problem.


 





It's long been known that fewer people are becoming teachers. ...




How I learned my own value as a black male teacher

Editor’s Note: Black males represent roughly 2 percent of all public school teachers in the U.S. While nonwhite educators are being hired at a higher proportional rate than white teachers, they’re also leaving the teaching profession at a higher rate, according to a 2015 report from the Albert Shanker Institute. ...




From Teacher to Principal: A Look at the Typical Pathway

The career path to the principalship has been a fairly rigid one. Only in the past decade or so has the field seen some important changes in who makes it to a school’s top job—and how.

Teachers
Nearly all principals start their education career in the classroom. ...




5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

Outdoor School (ODS) is a three-day environmental education program for sixth-grade students. It's the capstone to a year spent studying about our local ecosystems, northern climate systems, and cultural universals with an in-depth study of native peoples of the Arctic. ...