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Study Outlines Teach For America Retention Rates
posted by: Alix | October 10, 2011, 09:05 am   

Teach for America (TFA), a non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach in high-need schools for two years, has become one of the most well known and prestigious alternative certification programs in the country since 1990. While many studies have attributed student successes to TFA members and programs, little has been compiled about TFA retention rates and their impact on the high-need schools they teach in. As TFA enters into its biggest year yet, Phi Delta Kappa this week released a comprehensive study on how long TFA participants teach, and the patterns associated with participating in this unique program.
 
Obama’s Speech to Schools Stresses Student Success and Jobs Bill
posted by: Alix | September 29, 2011, 02:16 pm   

On the heels of introducing another jobs package that includes billion for education, President Obama addressed the nation's students in a telecast yesterday from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. While this is the third time President Obama has addressed students in a back-to-school speech, the motivational talk took a political turn in advocating for his billion-dollar proposals to hire more teachers and increase school infrastructure spending.
 
Five characteristics to evaluate yourself as an Effective 21st-century Educator
posted by: Jill | September 21, 2011, 08:59 am   

We are regularly reminded that our students are 21st century learners. We know that we need to be infusing them with 21st century skills. And don't forget that all of this is because the 21st century job market and 21st century technology demand a different kind of worker, a different kind of thinking. But here is a little food for thought: who is teaching these little digital natives? Obviously, we the teachers have a good hand in that education. So how would you rate yourself as a 21st century educator?
 
ASTA Member on KNWA Discussing MATHCOUNTS
posted by: Alix | September 13, 2011, 05:13 pm   


The Arkansas State Teachers Association has again partnered with MATHCOUNTS to provide grants to math teachers to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Program. In an effort to get the word out, both ASTA member, Ronnie Flowers, and MATHCOUNTS Arkansas Coordinator Zane Lewis discussed the excellent program on KNWA.

 
Virtual Education on the Rise
posted by: Alix | September 13, 2011, 11:02 am   

With back-to-school season in full swing, this school year's increase in virtual education programs is noticeable almost nationwide. Currently, 40 states offer or sanction some type of online education for their students, with other states considering proposals ever legislation session. As we look forward to closing achievement gaps in the years ahead, virtual education advocates are calling online learning a solution for students and teachers alike.
 
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