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Does Teacher Education Need Reform?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 18, 2010, 12:25 pm   

Recently experts have focused their attention on not only the need to reform the classroom, but the need for reform in educating our future teachers. Many colleges of education have done little to keep up with emerging technologies and teaching techniques. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan once said, "Our university-based teacher preparation programs need revolutionary change, not evolutionary tinkering." To that end, an emphasis on intense in-classroom training has been the focus of change for a new pilot program being introduced in eight states.

Yesterday, a report issued by an expert panel at the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education was released as means to recommend strategies in improving teacher education. Among the many recommendations, they advise creating formal mentorship programs for student teachers akin to those at medical schools. The focus would be less on in-classroom lessons and more on training in the field, much like a medical residency.

Christie's the Boss
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 16, 2010, 11:43 am   

This week New Jersey is again making national headlines over Governor Christie's run-ins with the education establishment in the state. On Monday, Christie publically criticized a raise in salary approved for a local superintendent. Christie called Parsippany-Troy Hills Superintendent LeRoy Seitz "the new poster boy for all that is wrong with the public school system that's being dictated by greed."

Teacher Pay & Continuing Education
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 15, 2010, 12:30 pm   

The debate over teacher pay continues as education reformers and policy makers share ideas about performance pay and value-added compensation scales. One aspect that has remained largely constant is pay increases for teachers who earn additional course credits or hold advanced degrees. Sometimes known as "lane" increases or the "master's degree bump", these increases are some of the costliest to schools systems and are raising questions on whether or not these degrees are in fact helping student learning.
U.S. Department of Education - My How You've Grown!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 11, 2010, 03:31 pm   

Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency gives a fascinating history lesson on the conception and evolution of the federal Department of Education on his Intercepts blog and its role in federal-state relations.  I was surprised to learn that the 1979 legislation establishing our current U.S. Department of Education was written with the clear mandate to protect the rights of local and state governments and educational institutions from federal control, direction or supervision of education policy, curriculum, or personnel.  Does it feel like your school district is free from the direction or supervision of education policy, curriculum, or personnel?

Department of Education Releases New Technology Plan
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 11, 2010, 02:28 pm   

This week, the Department of Education released a new national education technology plan through their Office of Educational Technology entitled, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology.  The report comes on the heels of some major breakthroughs relating to technology in education, often highlighted on the AAE blog.

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