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NYC Judge Strikes Blow to Teachers Union
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 11, 2011, 12:00 pm   

In October, we reported that the New York City school system had announced plans to work with the media to publish "value-added" scores and other data from the country's largest public school system. Yesterday there was new development in the case when a Manhattan judge ruled that the city may release performance rankings to the media, denying a request by the teachers union to keep the teachers' names confidential.

Virtual Students Used to Train Future Teachers
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 10, 2011, 09:59 pm   

With the call for school reform, there has been a lot of buzz on reforming and enhancing teacher education as well. With advancing technologies, online learning plans have been gaining ground all over the country. Two new virtual education programs called TeachME and simSchool have been gaining praise as innovative ways to prepare student teachers for real-life classroom experiences.

Text Messages Top Causes of Lost Teachers Licenses in Tennessee
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 10, 2011, 01:24 pm   

New technologies have completely revolutionized the way we communicate. From Facebook wall posts, to text messages and blogs, we can communicate at all times and almost anonymously. However, this new form of impersonal communication can wreak havoc in the work place, especially for teachers who work with children. A recent Associated Press report finds that more than half of Tennessee teachers who lost their teaching licenses last year were revoked for inappropriate relationships with students, mostly through text messages.
AAE is In For School Choice in 2011
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 06, 2011, 11:08 am   

The following statement can be attributed to the Association of American Educators Executive Director Gary Beckner.

This new year the Association of American Educators gladly joins hands with other professional associations and groups of teachers, parents, and students to support school choice during National School Choice Week, January 23-29. The movement calls for an effective education system that has the flexibility to personalize and motivate students and allows parents to choose the learning environment that is best suited for their child.
Start Anew, Return to Where You Started
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 05, 2011, 12:19 pm   

Yet another reason that being a teacher is fantastic— there are technically two "New Years" in a calendar year. The first is the beginning of the school year and the second is, of course, in January (Yes, my listing of them is chronologically incorrect, but in education the "beginning of the year" is the first day of school.)
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