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Teaching Profession Opinion Teachers Share What They Want Central Offices & Public Officials to Hear
Those making policy decisions often don't ask educators what they need. Teachers suggest ways they can be helpful to people in the trenches.
Larry Ferlazzo, November 29, 2020
11 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion After 1,155 Hours Together, a Teacher's End-of-Year Letter to Her Students
As the school year comes to a close, Krystal Centinello tells her tattletales, class clowns, and daydreamers what they’ve taught her.
Krystal Centinello, June 13, 2018
4 min read
Teaching Profession Video A Political Snapshot of America’s K-12 Educators
A nationally representative Education Week survey shows rifts among teachers, principals, and superintendents on hot-button social issues affecting K-12 education. See what they think about immigration’s effect on the nation’s schools, their views on charter schools, vouchers, and LGBT rights—and who they voted for in the 2106 presidential election.
December 13, 2017
Ohio social studies teacher Andrew Zimmerman is judicious about sharing his own viewpoints with students.
Ohio social studies teacher Andrew Zimmerman is judicious about sharing his own viewpoints with students.
Dustin Franz for Education Week
School & District Management Survey: Educators' Political Leanings, Who They Voted For, Where They Stand on Key Issues
Despite strong opinions and partisan viewpoints, an Education Week Research Center survey shows teachers, principals, and administrators working to keep those divisions out of the classroom.
Alyson Klein, December 12, 2017
7 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Do Perks for Teachers Compromise Their Integrity?
Schools and teachers are the objects of commerce and policy, not co-creators or idea-generators or genuine partners. We get "gifts" from business, if we are producing what they need.
Nancy Flanagan, September 8, 2017
4 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Carnegie Summit Illustrates Path Toward Equity
"Getting better at getting better," is a catch phrase backed by solid science. Its methods build a better way toward closing achievement gaps.
Charles Taylor Kerchner, April 6, 2017
5 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion STEM Blossoms in California Salad Bowl
Along with winter vegetables, STEM is blooming in Imperial County. Dennis and Daniel Gibbs are growing young scientists by transplanting the scientific method to the second grade.
Charles Taylor Kerchner, March 27, 2017
7 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Union Program Boosts Classroom Innovation
The Institute for Teaching, a California Teachers Association offshoot, has put nearly $1-million behind innovative teacher-initiative projects from STEM to STEAM: labs, gardens, dance, culture, and canoes. Here's a look.
Charles Taylor Kerchner, March 23, 2017
4 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Solar Panels Electrify Student Success
In Temecula, California, Blaine Boyer uses solar panels, painted guitars, and dragon lizards, to teach STEM, motivate students, and plant the seeds of adulthood in reluctant continuation school students.
Charles Taylor Kerchner, March 2, 2017
9 min read
Federal Opinion David Cohen on Shifting the Perception of Public Education
National Board certified teacher Kristoffer Kohl talks with another teacher and author, David Cohen, about his new book and the implications of Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary.
Contributing Blogger, February 27, 2017
8 min read
Accountability Opinion Three Lessons From a Teacher-Powered Schools Conference
At more than 100 schools, teachers have gained substantial autonomy over the learning program, working conditions, personnel, and other domains. Here's what I learned by spending a weekend with them.
Charles Taylor Kerchner, February 2, 2017
5 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Are Microcredentials the Next iPhone?
Teachers have been earning credits and credentials for generations, so the claim that new microcredentials will change professional development is likely to be met with some skepticism. But as Kristoffer Kohl writes they may be the next big thing.
Contributing Blogger, January 26, 2017
5 min read
Teaching Profession Opinion Teacher Networks: Here, There, and Everywhere
Hierarchies are not going away anytime soon. But the Internet facilitates network forms of organizing, and they are growing and increasing in power and influence, Kristoffer Kohl and Charles Taylor Kerchner write.
Charles Taylor Kerchner, December 15, 2016
3 min read
Teaching Profession Video Oklahoma Teacher of the Year: Why He Would Leave Job He Loves
Shawn Sheehan admits it: he is a math nerd. He loves math, and loves teaching it to 9th graders at Norman High School outside Oklahoma City. Sheehan is Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year, and has spent the last year visiting schools all over the state. This top teacher says he saw schools struggling to make do; reduced budgets have led to overcrowded classrooms, teacher layoffs and in some districts, four day school weeks. So Sheehan has joined dozens of other educators running for the Oklahoma legislature, hoping to boost education funding in the state. He explains why he is willing to leave the job he loves.
October 11, 2016