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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. ...




Questions I Wish I'd Asked When Interviewing for the Principalship

As you prepare to interview for your next school leadership position, Education World's Principal Files team offers advice about questions you might ask when the interviewers invite your participation. Included: Ten principals offer the questions they wished they'd asked. ...




Where Are the Teachers of Color?

GROWING up in the 1970s and ’80s in the Chicago suburb of Blue Island, Ill., Gladys Marquez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, never once had a Hispanic teacher. Sometimes, when trying to explain to her parents her plans for college — or even why she wanted to play softball or try out for the cheerleading team — she wished she had a mentor who shared her background. ...