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Stranger than Fiction: School on MLK Day?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 14, 2011, 11:24 am   


We've had a brutal winter on the east coast this year, causing countless snow days especially in the ill-prepared southern part of the country. A few schools that have experienced too many snow days are landing national attention for their proposed way of making up instructional time. Schools near Charlotte, North Carolina, have decided to make up for lost time by teaching on the Martin Luther King holiday, drawing criticism from the NAACP.

Education Week Releases Quality Counts Report
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 14, 2011, 11:13 am   


Education Week released its annual report on the state of education in the United States this week. Entitled "Quality Counts," the report awards grades to individual states for their policy and overall education performance coupled with school budgets and reform efforts. The report comes on the heels of what economists note is the end of the "Great Recession." Schools boards across the country are feeling the heat from slashed budgets and fewer resources making for a challenging year in public education.

Common Sense + Educator Ethics
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 12, 2011, 05:54 pm   

I received an email over the break that started me thinking and also disappointed me. Basically, the email inquired about teacher training dealing with appropriate behavior and relationships between teachers and students. It was not the inquiry which was an issue for me. I want to help people find the professional resources they need. My issue was with the need for this inquiry to be made.
NYC Judge Strikes Blow to Teachers Union
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 11, 2011, 12:00 pm   

In October, we reported that the New York City school system had announced plans to work with the media to publish "value-added" scores and other data from the country's largest public school system. Yesterday there was new development in the case when a Manhattan judge ruled that the city may release performance rankings to the media, denying a request by the teachers union to keep the teachers' names confidential.

Virtual Students Used to Train Future Teachers
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 10, 2011, 09:59 pm   

With the call for school reform, there has been a lot of buzz on reforming and enhancing teacher education as well. With advancing technologies, online learning plans have been gaining ground all over the country. Two new virtual education programs called TeachME and simSchool have been gaining praise as innovative ways to prepare student teachers for real-life classroom experiences.

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