Partnership for Los Angeles Schools Receives $1.6 Million in Foundation Backing for Its Digital Learning Initiative | Digital Learning Now

Hmmm… This is interesting. Wonder if I somehow missed this in the local media… Or maybe it’s something that LAUSD isn’t advertising? I’m assuming LAUSD is the “Los Angeles Schools” mentioned in this article…

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools Receives $1.6 Million in Foundation Backing for Its Digital Learning Initiative | Digital Learning Now.

***

Link URL: http://digitallearningnow.com/news/partnership-for-los-angeles-schools-receives-1-6-million-in-foundation-backing-for-its-digital-learning-initiative/

##

National Education Leaders: Shared Vision for the Next Generation of Teaching

Document Outlines 7 Elements Needed to Transform Teaching

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says, “The principles outlined in the document represent ways to strengthen and elevate teaching as one of our nation’s most valued and respected professions.”

The document apparently focuses on three main goals: 1) ensuring all students are challenged to meet a high bar that prepares them for college, career, and citizenship; 2) narrowing the opportunity and access gap between more and less privileged populations of students; and, 3) preparing all students to be globally competitive

Here are the seven core principles that make up the elements of achieving these goals. They include

  • A culture of shared responsibility and leadership;
  • Recruiting top talent into schools prepared for success;
  • Continuous growth and professional development;
  • Effective teachers and principals;
  • A professional career continuum with competitive compensation;
  • Conditions that support successful teaching and learning; and
  • Engaged communities

Find the link to the document from which this data came by clicking on the link below:

National Education Leaders Release Shared Vision for the Next Generation of Teaching During the 2012 Labor Management Conference | U.S. Department of Education.

If clicking on the link above does not work for you, copy and paste the URL below into your browser.

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/national-education-leaders-release-shared-vision-next-generation-teaching-during

##

“Teachers’ summers off …” – from The Washington Post

Let us dispel the myth that teachers have the summer “off.” It seems things haven’t changed much since I left K-12 teaching more than a decade ago. And, according to this article, teacher summers are the same in other parts of the world, as well.

First, put to rest the “fact” that teachers get paid for the summer. Teachers may arrange to be paid through the summer by requesting their 9-month salary be distributed over 12 months. Thus, they do not get paid for the summer. Big difference.

Second, because teacher pay is so low and the daily time expenditure during the school year huge, many teachers must seek additional employment during the summer months to make ends meet, to pay for student loans, to pay for graduate and professional development courses, etc. Those teachers who can afford it attend university for graduate and post-baccalaureate education courses to fulfill state credentialing requirements, which are ongoing.

But you probably already know all this. Read on.

Teachers’ summers off squeezed by second jobs, training – The Washington Post.

If the link above does not work, copy and paste the URL below into your browser.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/teachers-summers-off-squeezed-by-second-jobs-training/2012/05/24/gJQAUbo6mU_story.html?wprss=rss_local

##