Dennis Tynan, right, talks to 9th grader Chyda Iokua during a 9th grade social studies class at Nakakuli High and Intermediate School in Waianae, Hawaii on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Hawaii, the only state with a single, statewide district, has long had to turn to the mainland because local teacher education programs can’t produce enough graduates to fill classrooms across the islands, especially in remote schools. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher) by Jennifer Sinco KelleherAssociated Press Writer WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii’s Department of Education is offering bonuses, cultural classes and mentoring in an effort to keep new teachers.
PPS Superintendent Linda Lane (Courier File Photo) This week, the Pittsburgh Public School District announced that 85 percent of their teachers demonstrated effective performance in the 2012-2013 school year, according to data from individualized Educator Effectiveness Reports. The reports are part of the district’s ongoing Empowering Effective Teachers Plan aimed at putting an effective teacher in front of every student.
by LZ Granderson(CNN) — Each day more than 55 million students attend the country’s 130,000 schools. Each day, parents and guardians entrust some 7 million teachers with the education of our children. And on a normal day, that is all we expect teachers to do — teach. But on those not-so normal days we are reminded that for six hours a day and more, five days a week, teaching is not the only thing teachers are charged with doing. On those not-so-normal days, we are reminded that teachers are also asked to be surrogate parents, protectors, heroes. Monday was one of those not-so-normal days.
Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla, May 20. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern) by David A. LiebMOORE, Okla. (AP) — The principal’s voice came on over the intercom at Plaza Towers Elementary School: A severe storm was approaching and students were to go to the cafeteria and wait for their parents to pick them up. But before all of the youngsters could get there, the tornado alarm sounded. The plan changed quickly.
by Rita F. Pierson (CNN) — I have been a professional educator for 40 years. I have worked at every level of the public school spectrum—elementary through high school. Having been in education for such a long time, I have witnessed many changes, all aimed at school improvement. Needless to say, not all the suggestions have been sensible.