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Society is Shaped in the Elementary Classroom

Yolanda Wheelington Current Affairs, Education, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Love, Mathematics, National Board Certification, Parent Involvment, Professional Development, Religion, Science, Social Issues, Sports, Teacher Leadership

Renewable Resources Most agree that social justice in America is becoming more questionable. We are a nation drenched in biases, prejudices, and mistreatments. We have a multitude of programs and initiatives aimed at righting these wrongs ranging from the Civil

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The Rising Tide: Certification

Beth Maloney Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

  An education “reformer” floated a proposal to the Governor’s Classrooms First Council that would allow local education agencies (LEAs) to certify teachers independently.  The Council agreed that local certification wasn’t a solution and would cause more harm than good. 

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Teacher Whisperers Wanted

Alaina Adams Assessment, Books, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Mentoring, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership

To dramatically improve teaching and learning nationwide, structural changes and out-of-the-box thinking are needed. The most quality solutions will involve new layers of teacher support and leadership. I think the chart below speaks for itself. I mean, if horses have

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Protecting the Teacher AllSpark

Alaina Adams Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Mentoring, National Board Certification, Parent Involvment, Professional Development, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership, Web/Tech, Weblogs

I read Bill Ferriter’s blog this week about the story of Mitchell 20, a movie about 20 Phoenix elementary teachers who chose to pursue National Board certification as a way to take control of the one thing they could control:

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What Do Teachers and Jersey Shore Have in Common?

Alaina Adams Assessment, Books, Education, Education Policy, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Mentoring, National Board Certification, Professional Development, Social Issues, Teacher Leadership, Web/Tech

One exhausted night at the end of May 2011, I got sucked into a Jersey Shore marathon and began to wonder if teachers could “GTL” like the overly-tanned and overly-paid reality show MTV characters. According to the oh-so-charming Mike “The

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Sorry, Superman.

Mike Lee Current Affairs, Education, Education Policy, Elementary, Life in the Classroom, Literacy, Mathematics, Parent Involvment, Social Issues

  You can keep waiting for Superman, but he’s not coming.  I find the title of a certain highly controversial documentary to be ironic, because it is problematic in its symbolism, alone.  To invoke such iconography during the debate over

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