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Teachers are the backbone of any education system. After all, without qualified teachers, how can governments and schools secure each child’s right to quality education and build a society of educated citizens, capable of shaping their own future? But selecting the right candidates to the profession – aspiring teachers who hold the promise of becoming great teachers – can often feel like an elusive task. The complications start with the very definition of what a good teacher is.
High school science teacher Jeremy Noonan will never forget his training as an online credit recovery teacher in Douglas County, Ga. He was told to always give answer checks. When a student finished an online quiz or test, he was to pull up the results on his own screen, tell the student which questions were answered incorrectly and instruct them to try again.
Public schools in the nation’s capital remain highly segregated, a new analysis shows, with many D.C. campuses enrolling almost exclusively students of color despite an influx of white families into the city in recent years.
Newly minted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had a hard time getting inside the District’s Jefferson Middle School Academy last week when protesters briefly blocked her from entering. But at the end of her visit — her first to a public school since taking office — she stood on Jefferson’s front steps and pronounced it “awesome.”
Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, is calling on the nation's big-city mayors to set up safe havens for immigrants after federal agents arrested nearly 700 undocumented residents in a series of raids conducted over the past week.
Child advocates say the recent immigration sweeps and future actions on immigration policy by the Trump administration could disrupt home lives, separate families, and have a "chilling effect" on children and communities. The raids could be just the first step in President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
The selection of Betsy DeVos by President-elect Donald Trump as his education secretary nominee has been attacked by public school advocates who see her longtime support for school “choice” and private Catholic education as evidence that she does not support America’s public education system. In this post, that sentiment is explained by an educator who has written an open letter to DeVos.
Parents, teachers, union leaders and education activists greeted Mayor Muriel Bowser’s nominee for D.C. Public Schools chancellor at a public legislative hearing on Thursday with a single directive: Close the achievement gap.
Very few public high schools in the United States require that all students take a college-level Advanced Placement course, and Cardozo Education Campus in Northwest Washington is one of the least likely ever to do so.
Among the many names swirling about as potential picks for the next education secretary are several Democrats, prompting a prominent Democratic education advocacy group to issue a warning to fellow party members: Don’t work for President-elect Donald Trump.
The new chancellor for D.C. Public Schools should be someone who is deeply committed to closing achievement gaps in the District, according to a community engagement report released this week by the search committee.
Sarah Holway awoke one morning to a surprise: The art teacher’s D.C. school had been selected to help first lady Michelle Obama break ground later that day on a vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House.
I don’t believe that this has been reported anywhere else. Last week at the NAACP National Convention in Cincinnati, the delegates voted in a new resolution on charter schools. It’s approval as policy will not be official until the National Board meeting in the Fall of 2016. However, this is a big news story that (I suspect because of the political conventions) has not yet entered the traditional media.
The school nurse situation as we DC residents have known (and loved/hated) it will be no longer come January 2017, barring changes by the mayor and/or council.
Many students at Ketcham Elementary are homeless, and 88 percent are considered at risk.
The United States is facing its first major teacher shortage since the 1990s, one that could develop into a crisis for schools in many parts of the country, according to a new study by the Learning Policy Institute, an education think tank.
As schools were busy readying students for state exams, teachers at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, a high-poverty school in Alexandria, were poring over data to determine which students would probably not do well on the tests.
The release of PARCC (the annual test taken by DC public school students) scores showed small average increases in PARCC scores across most grades and subjects across the city, coupled with dramatic score drops at Wilson, and School Without Walls. Why the drops?
As I explain below, these scores cannot and should not be regarded as valid for concluding anything about achievement at either school. Validity requires that there is something constant, known, and relevant about the students taking the test this year and last. In the case of these two schools, these conditions are absent.
As parents, community leaders and school officials puzzled over the precipitous drop in standardized test scores at one of the District’s leading public high schools, Emma Buzbee had a logical explanation.
We all do it. We get stuck in our routines, not because of how well they work, but because they are comfortable and familiar. Inevitably, though, those routines become ruts. The enthusiasm, creativity, and excitement disappear and you end up doing the same old, same old.
Here are three actions you can take at the beginning of the year that will inspire you to change your practice for the better.
In the fight for public education, the forces of standardization and privatization are running scared.
They’ve faced more pushback in the last few years – especially in the last few months – than in a decade.
The Opt Out movement increases exponentially every year. Teach for America is having trouble getting recruits. Pearson’s stock is plummeting. The NAACP and Black Lives Matter have both come out strongly against increasing charter schools.
So what’s a corporate education reformer to do?
Answer: Change the narrative.
WASHINGTON — It's a challenge to teach children who aren't in class — and new government numbers show more than 6.5 million students were absent for at least three weeks of the school year.
The U.S. Education Department on Tuesday released a trove of data drawn from surveys of nearly every single one of the nation’s 95,000 public schools. This latest installment of the Civil Rights Data Collection, from the 2013-2014 school year, offers a sobering look at the wide disparities in experience and opportunity that divide the nation’s 50 million students.
Girls outperformed boys on a national test of technology and engineering literacy that the federal government administered for the first time in 2014, according to results made public Tuesday.
A supermajority of the D.C. Council on Monday said it will overhaul Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s plan to lease private property for homeless shelters, calling it a waste of tax dollars that would not permanently solve a growing epidemic of homeless families.
Jasmine Seawright, 16, lives in Southeast and rides a Metrobus each day to Richard Wright Public Charter School in Northeast. When she arrives at the bus stop near her school, there’s an adult volunteer waiting for her to ensure she and the other students on the bus arrive safely on campus. If she has to wait for the bus in the afternoon, there’s another volunteer present, supervising the students so nothing goes awry.
An organized teacher “sickout” forced nearly all of Detroit’s public schools to stay closed on Monday after the system’s chief manager said that without more money from the state, he would be unable to pay teachers the salaries they are owed in July and August and summer school would be canceled.
Billy Cerullo stands at the front of the classroom at Drew Elementary in Ward 7 one chilly morning in January. The fresh-faced 23-year-old wears his work uniform—a blue polo with a red, black, and blue AmeriCorps insignia patch—and writes helpful tips for his team of volunteers-in-training on the blackboard behind him.
In a major victory for teachers’ unions, a state appeals court panel Thursday acted to keep in place state laws providing tenure to educators.
Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot—or as under-researched—as "Maker" education.
The term generally refers to using a wide variety of hands-on activities (such as building, computer programming, and sewing) to support academic learning and the development of a mindset that values playfulness and experimentation, growth and iteration, and collaboration and community.
Last year, C4DC published a web tool to help understand DCPS school budgets. We have updated that tool for the FY17 school budgets.
When D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) released her $13.4 billion 2017 budget and five-year financial plan, she said that in a city as prosperous as the District, “every resident deserves a fair shot — no matter who you are or what ward you live in.” She cited the extra $220 million she included to upgrade D.C.’s traditional public schools. Those funds, she said, would ensure “full modernizations” of D.C. Public Schools facilities and that “school modernization is equitable and done right.”
High school students who took an online makeup course after failing Algebra I had lower scores, grades, and credit-recovery rates than their peers who took the same course in a traditional face-to-face setting, according to new research from the American Institutes of Research.
When the District’s local school funding formula was changed in 2014 to add a new category for low-income students, the intent was to drive additional, targeted resources to DC’s high-poverty students. However, an analysis of the FY 2017 budget shows that nearly half of the “at-risk” funding allocated by DC Public Schools (DCPS) to individual schools is being used to support core functions which are intended to be funded for all schools and should not require dipping into supplemental at-risk funds.
Counselors: They’re not just for guidance anymore.
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Relisha Rudd disappeared two years ago - but by the time police heard about it, they say she'd been missing for weeks.
WASHINGTON (ABC7) --Search crews fanned out across the U.S. National Arboretum Wednesday, looking for any trace of Relisha Rudd, missing now, for more than two years.
At least 60 police officers and other personnel walked side by side, combing through dense brush and woods on the 400-acre property.
One teen with autism is showing the effect technology has on his life in a new ad campaign.
Mikaila Ulmer is clearly a businesswoman far beyond her years. At the age of 10, she appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and sold 25 percent of her lemonade business to Daymond John, the founder and CEO of FUBU, for $60,000. Now, she’s signed off on an expansion deal that will see the business that combined her family’s lemonade recipe and her mission to save bees reach new heights.