Teacher’s look at education news from around the Web. (Web Watch ceased publishing in April 2010.)
Professional Development N.Y.'s New Route to a Master's in Teaching
The N.Y. State Board of Regents voted unanimously to allow alternative-certification programs to create their own master's degree programs; previously, traditional education schools were the only outlet for master's degrees in teaching.
Education The Teacher and The Tea Party
Fox News is reporting that the Oregon affiliate of the controversial Tea Party movement isn't looking to punish an Oregon middle school technology teacher for publicly lambasting the group. They want him to get help.
Education Weekend Roundup: Celebration of Teaching and Learning
Note to readers: We were blogging from WNET's Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference in New York this weekend. Among the highlights: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talked teacher job security and vowed to "fix" NCLB; Yale University professor Mark Brackett highlighted the role of emotional literacy in effective classroom instruction; Nancie Atwell extolled the power of independent reading and self-expression for middle school students; Bobby McFerrin revealed his reservations about some of the music kids listen to today and provided some CD picks; Jim Simons, founder of Math for America, said we are in the midst of a potentially devastating math-teaching crisis; and some New York City high school students opened up to Queen Latifah.