Welcome to Teacher Beat, the blog where we’ll talk about the policy and politics of teachers: their preparation, quality, salaries, unions ... if it has to do with that part of the teacher world, you can be sure we’ll be writing about it.
But if it’s lesson plans and pedagogy discussions you want, you’ll be better served going to our sister site here.
This blog was conceived after the stunning response from readers to our NEA and AFT convention blog. That response also told us that there appears to be a deep need for a forum chronicling the various bits of policy and politics surrounding teachers.
Rarely has the spotlight been so focused on educators as it is today. Federal law has led to deep changes in the ways teachers work and what they are held accountable for. Every day we see debates and changes at the federal, state, and local levels on issues ranging from teacher salaries to teacher preparation to teacher recruitment.
While we go about blogging, don’t be shy yourselves. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section, as well as any ideas or news you might have for us.
We hope to see you around!
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.