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Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2008
Teachers' unions are rarely seen as hands-on school reformers, but the Tom Mooney Institute for Teacher & Union Leadership thinks they should be, and is trying to get a new generation of local union leaders ready for such roles. The institute is an offshoot of the 13-year-old Teachers Union Reform Network of NEA and AFT Locals, or TURN, which…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Unions, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2008
Experts caution that reliable and up-to-date statistics on student violence against teachers can be hard to acquire. National and district data, however, show a drop in such violence over the past decade. The National Center for Education Statistics' 2007 school crime and safety report, the only known source for such data nationwide, says the…
Descriptors: Crime, School Safety, Federal Legislation, Public School Teachers
Viadero, Debra; Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2008
Teachers who earn advanced certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are more effective than teachers without that credential, but there is little evidence to show the program has transformed the field in the broader ways its founders envisioned, a long-awaited report released last week by a national scientific…
Descriptors: Credentials, Incentives, National Standards, Teacher Certification
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2008
"Dispositions" has been one of the most controversial words in teacher education since the beginning of this decade. Now, a position paper from the leading association representing the nation's teacher colleges is calling for an open and critical conversation on the meaning and uses of the term. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher…
Descriptors: Position Papers, Teacher Education, Semantics, Work Attitudes
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2008
Teachers' unions around the country have shifted into high gear in the countdown to the presidential election next week, and nowhere is the fervor more evident than in the battleground states. In Florida, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, affiliates of the National Education Association and the…
Descriptors: Unions, Teacher Associations, Political Attitudes, Elections
Honawar, Vaishali; Keller, Bess – Education Week, 2008
Independent studies of the nation's largest performance-pay system suggest that the state-backed plans in Texas could be having positive effects on teacher attitudes, with educators reporting they collaborate more with colleagues and encourage students to work harder than they did before the plans were implemented. Schools participating in the…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Incentives, Educational Research, Program Effectiveness
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2008
Teacher collaboration is hailed as one of the most effective ways to improve student learning, and one high school in Illinois is often credited with perfecting the concept. This article features Adlai E. Stevenson High School which was one of the first in the U.S. to embrace what are known as professional learning communities. The professional…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Cooperation, Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness
Honawar, Vaishali; Keller, Bess – Education Week, 2008
The National Education Association is poised for a change in leadership this year as its president of six years, Reg Weaver, bumps up against term limits. Now, speculation is widespread that Edward J. McElroy, his counterpart at the American Federation of Teachers, might not seek re-election in July. The possible exit of Mr. McElroy--and the…
Descriptors: Unions, Presidents, Administrative Change, Federal Legislation
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2008
Denver's performance-pay system for teachers has long been hailed as a model, in good part because it was jointly conceived and implemented by the school district and the local teachers' union. However, that collaborative spirit is now in jeopardy, with union and district leaders engaged in a protracted battle over proposed changes to the system.…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Unions, Academic Achievement, Teacher Salaries
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2007
Videos of teachers that students taped in secrecy are all over online sites like YouTube and MySpace. Angry teachers, enthusiastic teachers, teachers clowning around, singing, and even dancing are captured, usually with camera phones, for the whole world to see. Some students go so far as to create elaborately edited videos, shot over several…
Descriptors: Internet, Telecommunications, Videotape Recordings, Teacher Rights
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2007
This article describes the Buffalo Prep program. Housed at University of Buffalo, the program identifies disadvantaged but talented minority children, places them in academic-enrichment classes, and then finds them spots at private schools and a more selective public high school in the area to complete their precollegiate careers. In addition to…
Descriptors: Minority Group Children, Disadvantaged Youth, College Preparation, Supplementary Education
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2007
The school district in Anne Arundel County, Md., this spring entered into what appears to be a unique contract with the local teachers' union over struggling Annapolis High School: Teachers will work year-round and make a commitment to stay at the school for three years. Designed by Superintendent Kevin Maxwell to fend off a state takeover, the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Disadvantaged Schools, School Districts, Unions
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2007
This article reports on a Louisiana study which suggests that new teachers can be as effective as, or sometimes more effective than, their experienced colleagues. Experts say the study, the first of its kind to come out of a state that has implemented a multi-pronged approach to improving its teacher training, shows that it is possible for states…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Instructional Development, Teacher Education Programs, Alternative Teacher Certification
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2007
Historically, it has been tough to get teachers for urban districts, but this is not the case in Baltimore, Maryland, anymore. Since 2002, the New Teacher Project has been finding at least 10 applicants for each teaching job it fills for the once hard-to-staff Baltimore district. Armed with unorthodox recruitment strategies, the group targets…
Descriptors: Teacher Recruitment, Rural Schools, Public School Teachers, Holistic Approach
Honawar, Vaishali – Education Week, 2007
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has lost several of its most prominent leaders over the past decade. It has struggled with scandals at major locals. An internal survey showed low morale among its own employees. The union itself insists it is still very much on the path blazed by Albert Shanker, the AFT's late, legendary president, under…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Unions, Organizational Change, Federal Legislation
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