Embracing Inquiry-Based Instruction

A veteran high school teacher in New Jersey says there are three traditional education ideas we need to let go of to successfully implement inquiry-based instruction, and three ideas we need to embrace. ...
Source: Christi Alper, Edutopia
Posted: Aug 18, 2018

Study: Idaho Teacher Salaries Rank Lowest in Nation

From pre-K through college, Idaho educator salaries rank at or near the bottom nationally, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. The study revealed salaries were 12 percent below the national average. ...
Source: Kevin Richert, IDEDNews
Posted: Jul 11, 2018

The Teacher-Powered Schools Movement: Transforming Teachers From Industrial Workers To Professionals

Despite the number of highly educated people who become teachers, the traditional system treats teachers like industrial workers rather than professionals. ...
Source: Emily Langhorne, Forbes
Posted: Jul 11, 2018

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Costly Effective Teacher Project From Gates Foundation Proves Ineffective

As most teachers in Georgia will vouch, measuring effectiveness and building a pay scale around that measure is tricky, even with more than a half billion dollars devoted to the task. ...
Source: Maureen Downey, MyAJC.COM
Posted: Jul 10, 2018

A 6th-Grade Teacher Wrote 'Invite Me to Your Harvard Graduation!' -- 21 Years Later, the Student Did Just That

Sixth-grade teacher Judith Toensing made a strong impact on one of her students 21 years ago. This week, that student, Christin Gilmer graduated from Harvard and invited her former teacher to her graduation. ...
Source: Andrea Diaz, CNN
Posted: May 29, 2018

States With the Largest Teacher Pay Gap

The average annual salary of teachers in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools is $58,950, compared with $77,526 for workers in other fields. Virginia had the highest gap. ...
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Posted: May 22, 2018

Nine Teaching Ideas for Using Music to Inspire Student Writing

In this teaching resource, nine music exercises are suggested to inspire student writing — from creating annotated playlists and critical reviews to music-inspired poetry and personal narratives. ...
Source: Natalie Proulx, NYTIMES
Posted: May 11, 2018

Another Way to Boost Teacher Pay: Parent Donations

Long before the groundswell of demands for higher teacher pay that led to a school walkout in Arizona, one of the state's high-profile charter schools found a novel way to boost teachers' income: Push parents to pay. ...
Source: Craig Harris, USAToday
Posted: May 10, 2018

Teach Here, and They'll Rent You a Home

Faced with an alarming shortage of teachers, South Carolina districts are taking unusual steps to fill vacancies — recruiting in other parts of the country, buying homes for teachers and funneling noneducation professionals into the classroom in a ...
Source: CODY DULANEY, The State
Posted: May 07, 2018

Teachers Are Happier Than Workers in Other Professions, Research Finds

The study's findings appear to be in sharp contrast to the widely reported pressures on teachers and school leaders as a result of excessive workloads and long hours. ...
Source: Hélène Mulholland, Tes.com
Posted: May 01, 2018

Forget Coding. It’s the Soft Skills, Stupid. And That’s What Schools Should Be Teaching.

While a college degree may be the strongest signal that someone is ready, it’s become increasingly less reliable than it once was, in part because it doesn’t indicate that students know the soft skills. ...
Source: Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post
Posted: Apr 26, 2018

Teaching Preschoolers Learning Strategies: ‘What’ Meets ‘How’

During group time in a preschool classroom, a teacher asks the children to, “Raise a nice quiet hand,” in order to share an idea. What does a child need to know and do in order to comply with ...
Source: Felicia R. Truong, Brookings Institute
Posted: Apr 17, 2018