11:05 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Teacher Left Because "It Was Hard To Hone My Craft"

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 10:17 am

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2:40 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

What's The Goal For Gov. Scott's Education Summit?

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 8:15 am

Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

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10:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Three-Day Education Summit Underway In Clearwater

Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho introduces himself at Gov. Rick Scott's education summit.

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 2:54 pm

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6:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Governor's Education Summit Opens In Clearwater

Credit Sarah Gonzalez/ StateImpact Florida

Educators, business leaders and advocates gathered Monday in Clearwater for a three-day education summit called by Gov. Rick Scott --- but the first day in some ways served to highlight differences between those involved in public schools as the system enters a critical period.

In an early example of the disagreements that could affect the meeting, Joanne McCall, vice president of the Florida Education Association, highlighted teacher concerns with the state's accountability system, now under siege from several sources.

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StateImpact Florida
9:59 am
Mon August 26, 2013

What To Watch At This Week's Education Summit

Gov. Rick Scott has called a three-day education summit in Clearwater, starting today. Will Scott stake out new positions on Common Core, testing, school grades or teacher evaluations?

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 8:15 am

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Sat August 24, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Investing In Classrooms

Florida public school teachers will get about $250 dollars this year to spend on classrooms supplies.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

Teachers have gotten an annual stipend for more than a decade, helping make up for some of the money teachers spend out of their own pockets for student supplies.

WLRN's Sunshine Economy spoke with several teachers about what they spend and why.

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StateImpact Florida
4:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Three Questions For Teachers About Common Core Standards, Part 3

Teresa Stillman teaches at Cannella Elementary in Hillsborough County.

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:46 pm

Teresa Stillman teaches at Cannella Elementary in Hillsborough County.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

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Back To School
8:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

As Teachers Know, School Is A Home Away From Home

They're all grown up! As they prepare to go off to college in just a few days, these recent graduates came back to their alma mater to talk about it.

My kids are off to college. It is a bittersweet moment. I am – of course – incredibly proud of them. I’m excited for all of the experiences and opportunities that lay before them; but I am also sad, and a little worried, because they will be on their own and so far away from home.

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StateImpact Florida
5:12 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: How Teachers Find Success From Failure

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:37 am

Editor’s note: Names of students and teachers have been changed.

Knowing we were going to be talking about former students, Lisa Perry told me she got out some letters she had saved and read through them.  The exercise inspired her to get in touch with four of her students from over 20 years ago.  (“Facebook is a wonderful thing,” she told me.)

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11:12 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Little Books, Big Statement

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 12:00 pm

Ms. Roberts left teaching ten years ago, but she remembers very clearly a day in class that changed her and her students.

It was her first year and she was teaching English to over two hundred kids a day in Room 100, also known as “the Pit.”  The name came from the fact that her class was where several other Language Arts teachers had transferred challenging students.

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8:08 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: What Silicon Valley Tells Us About Evaluating Performance

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Are search engines really more complicated than children?

That question occurred to me last week when the annual earnings report for Yahoo! came out and it became clear that CEOs are cut a lot more slack than teachers are.

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11:11 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Helping Students Find Their Voice

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:35 am

Henry Rodriguez had a lot of ideas as a young, energetic teacher.  He wanted to make his civics class relevant and to help his students be more aware of what was going on in the world.  One of his ideas involved requiring his kids to watch a brief news program every morning for the whole year.

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12:31 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Giving Brightest Kids The 'Cram School' Experience, Online

With Brilliant.org, students around the world can get challenged with high-level concepts and problems.
Eric Cabanis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:54 pm

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11:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Explaining Florida's Choices For Its Next Standardized Test

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:29 pm

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says he could recommend a new test in July or August.

Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

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Classroom Contemplations
12:09 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Why Relying On Tests Only Reinforces Bad Behavior In Schools

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 10:00 am

There are some real perils to systems which try to reduce teacher performance to a single number, such as many of our new “value-added” formulas.

The first is that whatever you decide to measure — and, implicitly or explicitly reward — is what you are going to get.

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