Doing the Association’s top business: See what teachers are up to

Emotions like excitement, passion, and enthusiasm along with ideas like teacher professionalism, student-centered leadership, and association organizing are on full display at the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly (NEA RA ) attended by 9,000 delegates, including 129 from Connecticut. Educators are the “decisive element” in the lives of millions of students who face daunting challenges…

Governor puts $$$ behind effort to make Common Core succeed

There’s probably an office in Hartford somewhere where the reports of the state’s countless task forces are gathering dust. Not so with the final report and recommendations—released today—from the Educators’ Common Core Implementation Task Force. “This may be the first state task force to be instantly funded,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who established the…

New teacher evaluation: Was it all worth it?

Dramatic changes in teacher evaluation—too many imposed from above rather than collaboratively developed locally—have drawn legitimate criticism. And as professional educators have advocated for better systems, often they’ve been caught in transition phases that cause everything from angst to tears to valuable time diverted from teaching and learning. Now, as assessments of teacher evaluation overhauls…

Attacks against teachers, students, and public education must stop

The goal of great public schools for every child remains the objective of the nation’s teachers unions. These associations fundamentally believe that good working conditions for teachers create excellent learning conditions for students. While this is the reality, it’s not what union opponents would have you believe. Watch and hear how the NEA President set…