Archive | June, 2015

The Myth of Summers Off for Teachers

Jon Alfuth points out that the idea that teachers have “summers off” is a myth.  Instead of time off, the summer should be viewed as part of the necessary teaching cycle. He makes a number of good points, and then summarizes his argument like this: It’s time we get rid of the myth of summer […]

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A New Commissioner in Kentucky

Kentucky is seeking a new Education Commissioner as current Commish Terry Holliday is set to retire in August. With the retirement of Commissioner Terry Holliday, Kentucky finds itself searching for a new Commissioner of Education.  Here’s the official job posting: The Kentucky Board of Education invites applications and nominations for the position of Commissioner of […]

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Pssst… Poverty Matters

That’s what a new survey from Communities in Schools not so surprisingly reveals. Here are some key findings: According to CIS, the impact of poverty is so great that teachers often find themselves helping students address non-educational issues, and have spent their own money on supplies (91%), used their own money to help feed students […]

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How TN Can Invest More in Schools

A modest proposal over at Tennessee Education Report: First, state revenues are continuing a trend of coming in over projections.  Andrea Zelinski notes: Year to date nine months into the fiscal year, state revenues are $444 million more than anticipated. So, if Tennessee invested 100% of these over-collections into K-12 education, we’d come very close […]

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Toward Project-Based Learning

One elementary school in Lexington is using Project-Based Learning to turnaround its performance. An article detailing the approach also notes it is a multi-year commitment focused on success, not immediate results. I previously wrote about Danville’s use of PBL as a hopeful experiment and an interesting reconnection to Kentucky’s KERA reforms of the 1990s. Now, it seems […]

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Tennessee Teacher Compensation

From TN Ed Report: In preparation for next year’s TNReady exams, it seems the Department of Education is already using some new math. While the General Assembly appropriated a $100 million increase in teacher compensation, an amount equivalent to a 4% raise, the Department is recommending that the State Board of Education adjust the state’s […]

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