In State of the Union, Obama Pitches College Access, Child-Care Aid
In education, the president wants to make the first two years of community college free for most students, increase investment in early childhood education, increase money for Title I, and develop "next generation" STEM high schools. Education Week, January 20, 2015
Middle-Class Economics for Tuition
Framing higher education in economic national competitiveness terms, the president proposed boosting college access and affordability. Inside Higher Ed, January 21, 2015
"I Owe It All to Community College": Tom Hanks echoes the president’s beliefs about community colleges. The New York Times, January 14, 2015
NCTE Responds to US Department of Education's Proposed Regulations for Teacher Preparation Programs
Citing various CEE policies and our participation through NCATE/CAEP as a reviewing organization for English language arts teacher education programs, the position outlines "the promising elements about proposed changes to the TEACH Grant program, [and] some areas where the proposed measurement criteria appear likely to undermine the published program goals."
Read more about the proposed changes to the TEACH Grant standards and submit comments by the February 2, 2015, deadline.
A New Brand of Superintendents and Their Visions for 2015
"Teachers know the most about what will work in the classroom." Literacy in Learning Exchange, January 13, 2015
Teachers to the Test
"Evaluating educators based on their students' exam scores is misguided and threatens reform efforts." The Atlantic, January 8, 2015
NCTE Position Statement on Teacher Evaluation
"Can Classroom Assessments of Student Growth Be Credibly Used to Evaluate Teachers?": English Journal, September 2013
"Critical Friends: Building a Culture of Collaboration": Tchers' Voice blog, Teaching Channel, January 14, 2015
Is Your Team Identifying Essential Learning Targets Together?
The Tempered Radical blog, Center for Teaching Quality, January 9, 2015
Shared Agreements: Creating a Framework for Efficacious Instruction: Literacy in Learning Exchange, National Center for Literacy Education
Scrutiny of Scholar's Emails
Inside Higher Ed, January 14, 2015
"English Teachers Adopt Statement on Academic Freedom": The Blog, Huffington Post, December 12, 2014
NCTE Position Statement on Academic Freedom
Check out the Storify of "The African American Read-In: Celebrating 25 Years of Encouraging Diversity in Literature" #nctechat with guest hosts David Kirkland (@davidekirkland) & Nicole Warchol (@MsNWarchol).
100 Best Children's Books of All Time
The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
NOTE: NCTE has defended challenges to more than a third of the books on the ya list above.
"Banned Books -- Complex like the Students We Teach": Literacy & NCTE Blog, January 15, 2015
NCTE Working on Challenges to History Texts in Two Florida Counties
"Parents Take Aim at History Books": NBC-2.com, January 14, 2015
"Citizen Group Reviewing Collier Co. Schools' Textbooks": NBC-2.com, December 29, 2014
Hanover School Board Amends Policies on Controversial Materials
NCTE joined other First Amendment organizations to encourage the board not to "red-flag" books. Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 13, 2015
YouTube Series Turns Classic Literature into Modern Video Blogs
Teaching Now blog, Education Week Teacher, January 15, 2015
Check out the Lizzie Bennet series based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Teaching Film Literacy without the Film
NCTE member Frank Baker writes. MiddleWeb blog, January 11, 2015
See also NCTE's Great Films and How to Teach Them.
. . . Weighing the ESEA
"Reviewing Federal Education Law, Senator Seeks More Local Control": Especially when it comes to annual testing . . . The New York Times, January 13, 2015
"Duncan Wants to Scrap No Child Left Behind, Keep Annual Tests": U.S. News & World Report, January 12, 2015
"Student Assessment: Collecting the Evidence": SmartBlog on Education, SmartBrief, January 7, 2015
5 Fantastic and Fast Formative Assessment Tools
From Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher. Edutopia.org, January 15, 2015
NCTE Position Statement on Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction
Tracking and Supporting Student Learning with Kidwatching from ReadWriteThink.org
"Formative Assessment and the Common Core: Blending the Best in Assessment" from Voices from the Middle describes the importance of combining formative assessment with the CCSS and illustrates ways to plan and manage this union.
"Knowing Better: Examining Assessment" themed issue of English Journal, September 2013
New SAT, New Problems
The Atlantic, January 20, 2015
Top 5 Student Engagement Myths
ASCDedge, January 9, 2015
Nominees for 2015 National Teacher of the Year Announced
Teaching Now blog, Education Week Teacher, January 14, 2015
Congratulations to NCTE members Ann Marie Corgill (@acorgill) and Shanna Peeples (@TexasTOY2015)!