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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Evolution of Teacher Pensions

Education Next – Chris Adelman

“The bottom line (in red) represents the pension plan offered to Missouri teachers in 1975. It was a fairly standard pension plan. Teachers did not qualify for any pension at all in their early years before “vesting” at five years, earned a relatively small pension for the next 10-15 years, and then accelerated toward a much higher peak at the back-end of their career. Back in 1975, that peak was at age 60 (it had been age 65 in 1967).” (more)

Symposium highlights teacher mentoring program

The Des Moines Register – Jason Noble

“Almost 500 Iowa educators gathered in Ankeny on Monday for a status update on the state’s new system for improving the performance of K-12 teachers.” (more)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Half Of Teachers Leave The Job After Five Years. Here’s What To Do About It

The Huffington Post – Alexandria Neason

“Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers -– and their tendency to quit.” (more)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

STEAM tips and resources you can use right now

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“The need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and proficiency is nothing new. But a movement is growing for STEAM education, in which the “a” stands for Arts. Cultivating scientific and mathematical viewpoints and experiences through arts education is a critical need in today’s schools, STEAM advocates say.”(more)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Encouraging News About Improving Teacher Preparation

Education News – Joe Nathan

“Here’s encouraging news as Minnesotans prepare for a new school year. The Minnesota State Board of Teaching, Education Minnesota, the state’s teacher union, and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers have responded thoughtfully to the recent controversy about Teach for America.” (more)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Top education news of 2012: From ethnic-based benchmarks to STEM visa

Voxxi – Hope Gillette

“Education news made a number of headlines during 2012, especially with new focus on the nation’s youth as a key focal point of the education reform by the Obama Administration.”(more)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Better Teacher-Candidate Mentoring Targeted

Education Week – Stephen Sawchuk

“With state and national policymakers eyeing ways to improve teacher preparation, a handful of education programs are becoming more intentional about how such “cooperating” teachers—as they’re known in the lingo of teacher preparation­—are selected and trained.”(more)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What High School Teachers Wish Parents Asked at Conferences

U.S. News – Kelsey Sheehy

“Parent-teacher conferences give parents some much-needed face time with their teen’s teacher, but many parents don’t take advantage of the opportunity.” (more)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Teach for America’s influence growing fast in Indianapolis

The Indy Star – Scott Elliot

“Last year, 9 percent of Ivy League seniors applied for the program. And it has become very selective. Just 15 percent of about 48,000 applicants nationwide last year were chosen.”(more)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teacher Bashing

The Huffington Post- William E. White

“Everyone is willing to belittle teachers. But these same critics are not willing to step forward and do the job themselves and, for the most part, neither do they provide any real, substantive suggestions for improving education. In fact, truth be told, most of the critics are not good enough or strong enough to do the job.” (more)