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Teacher Pay & Continuing Education
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 15, 2010, 12:30 pm   

The debate over teacher pay continues as education reformers and policy makers share ideas about performance pay and value-added compensation scales. One aspect that has remained largely constant is pay increases for teachers who earn additional course credits or hold advanced degrees. Sometimes known as "lane" increases or the "master's degree bump", these increases are some of the costliest to schools systems and are raising questions on whether or not these degrees are in fact helping student learning.
 
U.S. Department of Education - My How You've Grown!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 11, 2010, 03:31 pm   


Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency gives a fascinating history lesson on the conception and evolution of the federal Department of Education on his Intercepts blog and its role in federal-state relations.  I was surprised to learn that the 1979 legislation establishing our current U.S. Department of Education was written with the clear mandate to protect the rights of local and state governments and educational institutions from federal control, direction or supervision of education policy, curriculum, or personnel.  Does it feel like your school district is free from the direction or supervision of education policy, curriculum, or personnel?

 
Department of Education Releases New Technology Plan
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 11, 2010, 02:28 pm   


This week, the Department of Education released a new national education technology plan through their Office of Educational Technology entitled, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology.  The report comes on the heels of some major breakthroughs relating to technology in education, often highlighted on the AAE blog.

 
Lights, Camera, Action: Recording Teachers to Improve Instruction
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 10, 2010, 01:36 pm   

When my students would ask me why I became I teacher, I responded with the same explanation every time. "Isn't it obvious? I want to be an actress. Here in Los Angeles being a teacher is the best kind of acting because I hold a captive audience for an hour five times a day. I make you laugh in disbelief and cry in agony all by a simple statement like 'Pop quiz.'" (I know, I know I'm hilarious—don't worry folks, I'll be here all week.)

But it's turning out that my little white lie isn't too far from the truth. With changes in how would-be teachers are being prepared for the classroom, it is looking like future teachers in at least 19 states will get face time in front of the camera before they are deemed ready for the ultimate goal—their own classroom and teacher certification. These assessment strategies require future teachers to be recorded while teaching in order to prove that they can "walk the walk" and not just "talk the talk" when it comes to educating students.
 
Changes to Teacher Pay Structure
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 09, 2010, 10:19 pm   

For years, rigid union contracts have put teachers on very structured pay schedules that are predetermined based on years in service and level of education. On the heels of the recent trends in education reform, several districts around the country are experimenting with different methods of restructuring teacher pay.
 
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