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NEA Financial Disclosures Shed Light on Union Dollars
posted by: Pamela | April 27, 2011, 10:05 am   


The union watchdog group Education Intelligence Agency released an analysis of the National Education Association’s most recent IRS documents this week, shedding light on the astronomical amount the NEA and its state affiliates collect from teachers each year.  According to tax documents, the NEA amassed more than $1.5 billion in revenue in 2008-09, more than 90 percent of it in the form of union dues from teachers.

 
Using the ‘Netflix’ model to improve literacy
posted by: Pamela | April 20, 2011, 11:19 am   


Why is Netflix such a success? I suggest that it comes down to the fulfillment of three desires of the consumer.

 
Social Media Poll Sheds Light on Student Use
posted by: Pamela | April 19, 2011, 02:33 pm   


While everyone knows that technology has changed our world, policymakers and education experts are still debating the value of social media in the modern day classroom. In a technology driven world, the possibilities of engaging students in social media for educational purposes are endless. However, while we know teenagers are glued to their smart phones and iPads, are they committed to engaging in this technology for school? A new Associated Press-Viacom poll sheds new light on what teens are really using social media for- and you just may be surprised.

 
Seniors Going Strong in the Classroom
posted by: Pamela | April 15, 2011, 01:33 pm   


In a time when we continually hear about the challenges of maintaining a thriving teacher workforce, the thought of someone teaching until well past typical retirement age seems mindboggling. We are constantly bombarded with headlines and statistics about burn-out rates and shortages, but rarely do we hear success stories about educators who have truly committed their lives to helping students.

 
Arkansas Awarded $5.89 million Federal Grant
posted by: Pamela | April 14, 2011, 12:12 pm   


The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Arkansas a $5.89 million grant to improve low achieving schools.

 
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