Teachers’ Work is Invaluable and Essential, says President Obama, Honoring Waterbury Teacher

President Obama’s top order of business late this afternoon at the White House was to congratulate Waterbury teacher Jahana Hayes and acknowledge that it is time to empower all teachers with classroom flexibility and give them the respect they deserve. Mrs. Hayes was named National Teacher of the Year late last week. “Jahana sees grace…

Groton Education Association Spearheads Solidarity Day Against ECS Cuts

Groton legislators have been overwhelmed by correspondence from constituents urging them to protect education funding. A grassroots campaign spearheaded by the Groton Education Association (GEA) sent over 300 handwritten letters to legislators’ homes. GEA President Beth Horler proposed the effort after news first broke that Groton Public Schools could lose millions of dollars in Education Cost…

PEAC Looks to Waiver Districts, Considers Increased Flexibility

When it comes to compliance with the state teacher evaluation guidelines, some districts are in a class by themselves. These are the school districts that developed locally grown evaluation plans that didn’t entirely comply with state guidelines and then received “waivers” from the SDE to implement them. Weston and LEARN are two examples. And they’ve…

Teachers of the Year Say Using State Test Scores in Teacher Evaluation Damages the Profession

What’s the education policy that most damages the teaching profession? Sixty-nine percent of State Teachers of the Year and finalists for State Teacher of the Year say it’s the use of standardized student test scores in teacher evaluations. The survey by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) also found an overwhelming…