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Teachers Boycott Back-to-School Night, Infuriating Parents
posted by: Colin | September 20, 2010, 04:50 pm   

Parents, you took time out of your busy day to come to your child's school, to get involved, to learn about what they are learning, and to meet their teacher.  But what if the teachers don't even bother to show up?

That was the situation at one Pennsylvania school district when 150 parents arrived on back-to-school night only to find that the teachers, battling the district over a three-year contract dispute, decided to skip out on the annual tradition. Continue Reading...

New Study Released on Attracting Best and Brightest to Teaching Profession
posted by: Alix | September 20, 2010, 02:11 pm   

Today, McKinsey and Company released a thought- provoking study entitled, Closing the Talent Gap: Attracting and Retaining Top-Third Graduates to Careers in Teaching.

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Stranger Than Fiction: Body Piercing for a Higher Power?
posted by: Alix | September 17, 2010, 03:41 pm   

Fourteen-year-old Ariana Iacono of North Carolina was suspended on the first day of school for violating her school’s dress code policy. What is it this time, too short of a skirt, a politically incorrect t-shirt, or maybe electric-blue hair?

No, Ariana was suspended for wearing a nose ring—a violation of the no-piercing policy at Clayton High School.  In fact, this is the third time she’s been suspended for the small stud in her nose. Her unique defense is what has been landing national headlines. Continue Reading...

Positive Postcards
posted by: Jill | September 15, 2010, 10:30 am   

“Miss! My mom got the postcard you sent! ” exclaims Andrea through a genuine grin of pleasure.

Searching for more positive reinforcement ideas?  Postcards.  All discipline plans need to address the consequences of student behavior.   And remember, consequences can also be positive.  Sending postcards was one of my positive reinforcement techniques. Continue Reading...

TIME Poll: Americans’ Diverse Views on Education
posted by: Alix | September 13, 2010, 10:17 am   

Last week Time Magazine released a thought-provoking poll of 1,000 randomly sampled Americans from across the country on sentiments toward education and the wave of reforms sweeping the country.

Although 67% of Americans believe the schools systems are in “crisis”, optimism remains strong.  Ninety percent of those polled believe it is, in fact, possible to turn it all around, answering affirmatively to, “Do you think it is possible to make changes that would dramatically improve student performance in our public schools — or do you think this is a problem that is impossible to solve?” Continue Reading...

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