It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a Wallingford Teacher!

Students at Pond Hill Elementary School aren’t surprised that teacher Christopher Stone is being recognized this month as a superhero by NEA Member Benefits. Second-grader Trey Foucault said, “I’ve thought of him as a superhero all along—before anyone in Washington found out. He teaches us a lot. He’s really, really fun to be around.” Second-grader…

New Master’s Degree Requirement Only Applies to New Graduates

A law that just went into effect will impact teachers getting their first Connecticut educator certificate on or after July 1, 2016, but educators who already hold a Connecticut educator certificate will not be impacted. In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly passed new legislation requiring a master’s degree to advance most provisional level educator certificates…

Survey Reveals Another Technology Gap

Teachers in high-poverty schools report fewer computers and less training on how to use technology with students compared to their colleagues in wealthier districts—leading to decreased confidence for these teachers when it comes to using educational technology. The Education Week Research Center surveyed approximately 700 teachers on their use of technology and released an analysis…

Supporting Local Professional Development and Evaluation Committees

Collaboration between teachers and administrators is key to shaping educator evaluation and professional development programs to improve teaching and learning and help all students succeed. Most districts’ Professional Development and Evaluation Committees (PDECs) are collaborating and working well, while others could use additional support. That’s according to survey data reviewed by the Performance Evaluation Advisory…