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In response to teacher shortage, Spokane Public Schools ramps up hiring, mentorship

Responding to a teacher shortage, Spokane Public Schools is changing how it hires and retains teachers – focusing more on mentorship and early recruitment.
“We know more and more what it takes to be successful,” said district Superintendent Shelley Redinger. ...




Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. This could perhaps be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism.
 
It seems there are good reasons why we can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits associated with kindness. ...




Ideology Not Evidence: What We (Don’t) Know about Independent Teacher Preparation Programs

Advocacy groups and self-proclaimed social entrepreneurs are working aggressively to deregulate the preparation of teachers and to expand independent, alternative routes into teaching. The policy push is so powerful that it raises a real possibility that the nation may dismantle its university system of teacher education and replace much of it with independent, private programs not connected to colleges or universities. ...




Across state, kindergarten is becoming the new first grade

David Boucher’s kindergarten classroom was a cacophony of vowel recitations, rhyming words, vocabulary drills and sentence decoding.
It was Day 34 of school at Folwell School in Minneapolis. The little ones should be reading by June.
Memphis stumbled in her read-aloud turn when she reached the last word of the sentence, “The leaves are brown. ...




Will Californians Vote to Overturn Ban on Bilingual Education?

The fate of the U.S. presidency isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance on Election Day 2016.
Come Nov. 8, dual-language education could either get strengthened or further suppressed in the state with the highest percentage of English-language learners, as voters in California face a decision about overturning the state’s longstanding ban on a bilingual approach to educating these students. ...




8 Tips for Writing Lesson Plans

Lesson planning seems to be the bane of all teachers, especially at the start of the year. However, when it's done right you'll have a plan that will help you deliver the perfect lesson. Here's eight tips for making planning easier, and getting the most out of the time you have with your class. ...




Diversity Through Literature

By 2050 the Census Bureau estimates that the US will be more racially and ethnically diverse than at any other time, becoming a majority-minority nation for the first time during this period.
Therefore, It is absolutely essential that our educational resources reflect the changing makeup of our classrooms to ensure that students feel welcomed and supported in an inclusive and diverse environment. ...




School leaders meet to discuss hiring minority teachers

Educators in Jackson County joined together to come up with a way to bring more minority teachers to the area.
The Minority Recruitment/Retention Information Session was held at the Jackson County School Board on Wednesday. The group of principals and teachers talked about creating a scholarship for minority students. ...




Big school districts find ways to hire teachers amid shortage

Against the backdrop of a widely reported teacher shortage, most of California’s 25 largest school districts were able to fill nearly all their job openings for fully credentialed teachers by the time school started this year, according to an EdSource survey. ...




Hiring Successful Teachers—Two New Studies Point to What Works and What Doesn't

Teachers matter! This refrain is well-grounded in empirical research—differences between teachers have been shown not only to affect student test achievement but also a variety of later life student outcomes—and it is the basis for a concerted national effort to upgrade the skill-set of the nation’s teacher workforce. ...