The emerging shortage of teachers in a growing number of districts and subject areas has cast a cold light on the numerous challenges facing the teaching profession. These include salaries that are much lower than those in jobs or professions that require as much or less academic preparation, an expectation that teachers can mitigate the impact of income levels and neighborhood conditions on academic performance, and the dwindling amount to time teachers have for professional learning and collaboration with other teachers. EdSource examines these challenges — and what can be done to overcome them.
The current era of discipline reform in California is putting greater emphasis on an aspect of teaching that has long gotten the short shrift in teacher credentialing programs.
As teachers’ unions scramble to blunt the impact of a looming Supreme Court decision regarding their ability to collect dues, the recent teacher strikes across the nation have handed them a rallying cry.
More teachers are using Minecraft and other digital games to teach history, science, math and other subjects.
Providing new teachers more time and support to master the diverse skills their jobs call for would reduce staff turnover.
In some cases, the diversity gap between teachers and students in California has widened.
Mobile science labs, Skype lessons with scientists and robotics workshops are among the offerings at some remote schools.
West Contra Costa Unified hopes partnership will help it to recruit and retain teachers.
The technology, combined with supportive teachers, has opened the door to science careers.
Kate Gerson trains teachers to change their practices and to use standards-aligned curriculum materials to provide rigorous lessons to all students.
Effectiveness has nothing to do with teachers' impact or performance, as California defines it under the new federal law.
Standards focus on equity and achievement gap, teacher retention and leadership, academic standards, coaching, and school climate.
Matthew Duffy said his primary goals are raising student achievement and reducing teacher turnover.
$20,000 award from National Science Teachers Association will provide much-needed supplies to East Oakland middle school
Low-income and low-performing schools are facing the most obstacles in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.