Charters Stepping Up to Train Teachers

A number of charter and public school networks have begun to train teachers, a phenomenon that adds an interesting wrinkle to the teacher-preparation debate.

Generally, these programs use a hands-on approach to training, giving the prospective teachers an introduction to …

Tour Day One Evansville: Empowering Educators for Student-Centered Innovation

Today through Thursday, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and Secretary Treasurer Becky Pringle are on the road for first-hand views of the work of members. Van Roekel and PringleВ  will visit schools to view union-led innovation, transformation and partnership inВ 

Study: Minorities underrepresented in STEM jobs

Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks have over the past decade been underrepresented in U.S. jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in large part because of a lack of equality in educational opportunity, according to a new …

Change Agents: Profiles of Union Leaders Driving Education Reform

The Summer 2011 issue of NEA Today magazine highlighted union-led efforts to help transform priority schools in some of America’s neediest communities. Here are the stories of five union leaders who were featured on the magazine’s cover and who are…

Obama Calls for $60 Billion to Save Teacher Jobs, Fix Schools

UPDATE

President Barack Obama called for $30 billion in new money to stave off teacher layoffs—and $30 billion more to revamp facilities at the nation’s K-12 schools and community colleges—as he outlined his vision for spurring the sputtering economy in …

NEA Has High Hopes for Obama’s Jobs Speech

Looking forward to the big Obama jobs speech tomorrow? The National Education Association sure is. President Obama spoke with Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the nation’s largest teachers union today and told him that school modernization and jobs (although …

HotSeat Interview: NYC Educator Describes Book Experience

A young charter school administrator named Jessica Reid (pictured) played a small but important role in Steve Brill’s book, Class Warfare, both in illustrating how some of the higher-performing charter schools do things and in highlighting the wear and tear …

"they" is the operative word

Jeff Utecht echoes the frustrations of many technology coordinators in a recent Thinking Stick blog post:

We go on teaching the same way we know how to teach….because we know how it goes, we know it works, we bury …

Profiles and Commitments in School Transformation

NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign: Profiles and Commitments in School Transformation is a brochure that highlights how schools, associations and communities collaborate to create great public schools for every student. Inside the brochure, read examples of successful  policies and practices in…

Quote: Turning School Reform Into A Soap Opera

Explaining Randi Weingarten’s or Eva Moskowitz’s challenges isn’t gossip and doesn’t diminish the important of the issues or their work. - Steve Brill response to Wendy Kopp (via W. Tilson read the full email below)

BRILL VIA TILSON:

I wasn't able …