May 27, 2017

Students’ bodies have broken fingers

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As the funerals of 25 students were held near Seoul more information is being released about the desperate last minutes of the hundreds of young people and their teachers aboard the South Korean ferry that sunk last week. “We have to touch everything with our hands. This is the most grueling and heartbreaking job of my… Read more

Common Core: a step in the right direction

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By Julie Samrick  My sixth grader’s middle school spent at least a month communicating the message the leap to middle school means the children put forth more effort, without the meddling of well-intentioned parents. If they forget their lunch, for instance, let them figure it out and they most likely won’t forget it again. We… Read more

Mexico passes major education reform

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Mexico’s senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping reform of the notoriously dysfunctional public school system early Wednesday, handing President Enrique Pena Nieto an important victory in his push to remake some of his country’s worst-run institutions. Read more

Indiana Could Become First State to Arm School Employees

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Teachers, principals, and other school staff in Indiana could be the first in the country to be armed in order to prevent future school shootings. “This is a common-sense approach to a horrible situation,” said Rep. Jim Lucas, a freshman Republican from Seymour who led the effort to add the protection-officer mandate to Senate Bill… Read more

More Educators Boycott Standardized Tests

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Teachers at Garfield High School, Seattle’s largest high school, said in December that they would take a pass on giving the latest Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test, a diagnostic tool that also screens students for remedial or gifted classes. Given several times a year, it’s also used indirectly to rate teachers, but Garfield teachers… Read more

Talking to Kids About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

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High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of… Read more

What Teachers Want Parents to Know

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Teachers spend as many waking hours with our kids, if not more, during the school year than we do. What 5 things do teachers most want parents to know?  To sum it up- “Let’s Work TOGETHER!”  Read the list

Third Largest U.S. School District on Strike

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Approximately 350,000 Chicago students aren’t at school today as their teachers strike- a resolution isn’t expected soon. Read more

Excellent Teachers Need to Be Rewarded Better and Earlier

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Most school cultures do not seem to value excellence in teaching. The costs are great: an estimated 10,000 high-performing teachers leave the nation’s 50 largest districts in a year, either for other districts or to exit the profession. Read more

More Dress Codes Implemented for Teachers Too

Chemistry Teacher with Students in Class

A school district in Phoenix is requiring teachers to cover up tattoos and excessive piercings. And several Arizona schools are strictly defining business casual.  Read more Have you ever thought your child’s teacher dressed, or presented him/herself, inappropriately?