Category Archives: Quality Teachers/Quality Teaching

Teacher Prep, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Opportunities

This is the testimony that I gave before the House Education Committee this spring. It is long–turned out to be too long. As the president of DSEA, I am usually afforded three minutes–they were only giving two that day. Not … Continue reading

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So little time; so much to read

I am so behind.  So behind in my reading.  So behind in posting on my own blog. My current job as president of Delaware State Education Association (a.k.a. the education union–NEA’s state affiliate here in Delaware) keeps me BUSY, but … Continue reading

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The Way We’re Paid

Ever hopeful and naive, I looked at the title of this piece featured in a recent Ed Week on-line publication, Why Educators’ Wages Must Be Revamped Now, and imagined that this would speak engagingly and convincingly about the need to redesign educator salaries … Continue reading

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The Merits of Teachers and Teacher Pay

I keep a couple of files of blog post ideas. Whenever I come across a quote or an opinion, idea, or suggestion that interests me, I toss it into the file. If I had more time, I would post more … Continue reading

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What’s the Diff?

And from another Ravitch post on Common Core Standards, from earlier this summer–a frequent responder, Duane Swacker comments: “One quibble I have is with teachers and other educators using this concept of “raising student achievement” instead of attempting to increase student … Continue reading

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Good and ecologically sound practice for helping to protect the environment. Reduce the amount of material that would untimately need disposal; learn to reuse items instead of just throwing them away; recycle materials–put them back into the production stream and keep them … Continue reading

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Careers That Last–Ways to Save the Teaching Profession

I love ASCD (formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). Their monthly publication Educational Leadership has always been good, but in the past 3-4 yours, it has been outstanding. Right on target; up-to-date and even ahead of … Continue reading

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Stacking the Deck

Diane Ravitch creates multiple posts almost every day on her blog titled Diane Ravitch’s Blog. I am in awe of her. She recently admitted to her loyal readers–I am one–that she needed to cut back to blogging only five days … Continue reading

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NBC for All

I am not sure yet what I think about this idea–expecting National Board Certification for all of the teachers in America. It costs almost $3000 these days to make one’s way through the year-long process. I found this blog post … Continue reading

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Trumping Childhood Poverty (Part 1)

I never watch morning TV. If I did, I would never get to work on time. I can become completely mesmerized by TV, and lose track of time–my mother called it that “slack-jawed” effect. So, I never do anything more … Continue reading

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