Archive for June, 2007

Tufts Graduate Institute For Teaching Article….

June 28, 2007 By: richard.ginn Category: Uncategorized

The Christian Science Monitor reports on 16 grad students who are learning about the art of teaching. These grad students in the fall are going to co-teach with faculty members.

Joshua J. Reiter Article…

June 28, 2007 By: richard.ginn Category: Uncategorized

The Baltimore Sun reports on the guy who created the online Common Application form for students wanting to go to college. The colleges using his service have move onto a different competing technology vendor so Joshua wants to launch a new product called the Universal College Application.

IMO it would be best if you had only one standard and every single college use that standard.

Georgia Gwinnett College Article….

June 28, 2007 By: richard.ginn Category: Uncategorized

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the newest 4-year-college in Georgia that needs more students to go to the college.

The National Council On Teacher Quality…..

June 27, 2007 By: richard.ginn Category: Uncategorized

releases a 2007 report on every single state and requirements for them to teach.

For this report they looked at six areas which included Meeting No Child Left Behind Goals, Teacher Licensure, Teacher Evaluation and Compensation, State Approval of Teacher Preparation Programs, Alternative Routes To Certification, and Preparation of Special Education Teachers. No State got an A rating in any category. Some B grades got thrown around with some best practices grades though.

Lots of important data is thrown out in this report.

They say nine states need you have taken an introduction to American history before you can teach in an elementary classroom, 3 states for Physics, and 3 states for Chemistry just to name a few. If you lack one of these classes you may not be able to teach in a certain state. I think that is nuts for some classes. If a teacher lacks a missing class or two I do not see why they can’t start right away and teach in any classroom. Just let the state force them to take an online college level class to make up for what they lack and have the state pay for the cost.

Another data they list is length to get Tenure. 35 states will let teachers get it after three years while a couple of states will let you get it after five years. Under my plan Tenure is dumped. If I was to keep tenure three years is the only one I would choose.

The alternative certification section in this report is nicely done. Most states in the USA get a disingenuous score in this category which is bad. Only a measly six states could say they have a good Alternative Certification route. Some states do not even allow a teacher getting alternatively certified to take an exam in the are they are going to teach which is a complete no-no and has to stop.

This is another report that fully says we need national set standards for teachers. This will make it a whole lot easier for teachers to move from one state to another. It is pathetic teachers have to go through this.

The Herald-Press Reports….

June 27, 2007 By: richard.ginn Category: Uncategorized

that the Huntington County Community School Corporation board of trustees approved lower textbook rental fees for the 2007-08 school year.

The Washington Post Looked….

June 27, 2007 By: richard.ginn Category: Uncategorized

a small bunch of school districts with high black population and found that blacks in Montgomery and Fairfax high schools are more successful in Advanced Placement testing than their peers.