MSNBC is sponsoring a Teacher Town Hall this Sunday, September 26 at noon EDT. Hosted by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the Teacher Town Hall will “bring together teachers from across the country, both in-person and online, to brainstorm ideas, talk about what works in the classroom, and highlight the challenges of today’s education system.”
The Teacher Town Hall will air LIVE on MSNBC and stream at EducationNation.com, Scholastic.com, iVillage.com, and msnbc.com at 12pm EDT on Sunday, September 26. A live chat, hosted exclusively for teachers, will be available at EducationNation.com. During the Teacher Town Hall, teachers who are present at the event and logged in from across the country will be asked to weigh in on the big issues regarding education in America.
Help spread the message that educators are the experts on what works best in the classroom. To participate in the live chat and make your voice heard, please register at the Education Nation website.
America Lets get behind our teachers, and support more money for our schools for after school programs. Parents do your part at home to help.Good teachers keep up the fight , making administrators, weed our bad teachers.
SOL’s have been used for a number of years now and from most of the parents I know it is largely felt that these are not affective because school systems teach to the test. Teachers are not free to reach to the individual stebent needs vs the SOL requirement to maintain federal funding. What if anything can be done to move away fromthe SOL and more towards a better teaching mechanism.
this country will give tax breaks to the rich before they help our kids
Parents and Students are the 3 most important Components of Education.
Responsibility is Necessary to Achieve Goals.
I believe there are a lot of things to do to improve the education of our children. Increase incentives for the best and the brightest to become teachers; increase teacher to teacher evaluations; stop testing our children to death.
The one thing I haven’t heard people talk about is lowering class size. In Tennessee a 7th grade class can be up to 35 students. I have 50 minutes to teach a class, often with over 20 interruptions per class. And in that time I am supposed to instruct, make individual contact with each kid, grade their work with personal comments, teach at each individual academic level (because we don’t group so no one gets their feelings hurt), know if they are being bullied or if they are bullying, be aware of their demeanor to know if they are involved in drugs or drinking, and make sure none of them are getting overweight, call parents if they are in trouble and if they are not in trouble so parents get good and bad phone calls. I have less than two minutes per child.
If you are serious about improving education. Drop the class size by 5-10 students – across the board. I would also make an argument for teachers looping for 3 years with their students for many of these same reasons.
One of the problems many of us teachers face where evaluation is concerned, is who is actually doing the evaluation. I was once observed by my principal, a former math teacher, and he did not even understand how the project my class was working on was in fact a seven paragraph essay (in another form) and said that instead of doing this project, I should have given a writing assignment?? Very frustrating.