Professional Development Opinion Veteran Teachers: It's Our Responsibility to Support New Colleagues
New teachers need ongoing, informal mentorship long after teacher-induction programs end, writes Janine McIlheran.
Families & the Community I'm a Veteran Teacher. Here's Why I'm Speaking Out
Many teachers have long tended to avoid activism, but that is changing, writes veteran educator Paula Reed.
School & District Management Opinion Demolishing the Myth of the Grumpy, Crusty, Burned-Out Veteran Teacher
Veteran teachers should be valued for their expertise, not stereotyped and pushed out of the classroom, argues Justin Minkel.
Recruitment & Retention California Bill Would Exempt Veteran Teachers From State Income Taxes
Teacher Beat talks with the advocacy group behind the measure, which is aimed at addressing the state's teacher shortages.
Education Opinion Check Your 'Selfie' Advice From a 58-Year Veteran Teacher
"History is not about memorizing facts. This class is not about me telling you what you need to know. History is about learning from our past. This class is about empowerment. Remember, dates change. People don't." And from that Lisa Westman tells us what she has learned from veteran teacher Tom O'Brien.
Teaching Profession Five Questions New Teachers Should Ask (and Schools Should Be Able to Answer)
Schools can ease new teachers' anxieties by promoting honest conversation about expectations, culture, and community before the start of the school year, Cristie Watson writes.
School Choice & Charters Opinion Massive Charter School Expansion in Los Angeles
Right now UTLA has almost declared "war" on Eli Broad and I can't say that I blame them. Eli Broad and all the other philanthropists would do well to remember the origins of charter schools - to put teachers in charge of running schools.
Professional Development Opinion Ideas for Tackling the Teacher Shortage
A mid-western farmer's daughter raised me, and she had a proverb for everything. But my personal favorite, and one that she repeated to me time and time again when I became a teacher is, "You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar." In other words we all respond better to praise than we do criticism. I think the same thing can be said when looking at a looming teacher shortage.
Teaching Profession Project What Happened to New Orleans' Veteran Black Teachers?
The mass firings of veteran teachers post-Katrina continue to infuse the debate over New Orleans’ schools with a particular bitterness.
Teaching Profession Opinion Death, Taxes, and Union Dues: We All Have to Pay Our Due
If a state chooses to have public employees represented through a collective bargaining process doesn't this automatically justify the necessity for public employee unions in the interest of the public good.
Teaching Profession Opinion Reason #3 Why CTA Needs to Reimagine Tenure NOW
Before I move on to reason number three for why the California's Teacher Association (CTA) needs to reimagine tenure now, let me recap reasons number one and two. Reason number one is to restore faith in our public school system. Reason number two is because we need to ensure that our most vulnerable students are with our best teachers. Reason number three: Teachers want it.
Reading & Literacy Opinion The Last Days of School
The last days of school along with not having to do any high stakes end of year testing allowed me to make sure I ended the year with a well balanced curriculum and a good dose of fun for everyone. Here's a countdown of my last 18 days of 2014/15 school year.
School & District Management Opinion Appreciating Teachers Who Change the World Student by Student, Day After Day
One thing I will be forever grateful for in my time spent out of the classroom is the opportunity it gave me to watch teachers teach. As a support provider to teachers working at two large elementary schools and going through coaching blitzes, I have seen well over 100 teachers teach. Yes over 100. Because I always learn something when I watch teachers teach, I've decided to distill my reflections down into some key takeaways worth sharing with you.