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Taking a Lesson from Teachers to Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Taking a Lesson from Teachers to Avoid Summer Learning Loss

By Amy Auletto While the Green & Write blog will soon be taking a break until the fall, teachers will be hard at work this summer. A common myth about the teaching profession is that teachers spend the summer months relaxing, but this is rarely the case. About half of teachers report working during the… Read More »

New Evidence Points to the Importance of Teachers’ Colleagues

New Evidence Points to the Importance of Teachers’ Colleagues

By Amy Auletto Who we work with matters. In many professions, we often work closely with our colleagues on a regular basis, building professional and personal relationships, collaborating on projects, and serving as one another’s support systems in the workplace and beyond. This is especially true for teachers. Teachers work together formally, in grade-level teams… Read More »

A New Perspective on Professional Development

A New Perspective on Professional Development

By Amy Auletto Professional development has long been touted as a way to improve teaching. A substantial amount of time and money is invested into learning opportunities for teachers in an effort to strengthen their ability to effectively instruct students. A report by The New Teacher Project (TNTP) looked at professional development (PD) practices in… Read More »

Effective Principals Decrease Teacher Turnover

Effective Principals Decrease Teacher Turnover

By Amy Auletto Every year, a considerable number of teachers transfer schools or leave the profession entirely. In 2012-13, nearly 16% of all public school teachers moved to a different school or quit teaching. While teacher turnover rates were under 13% in our nation’s wealthiest schools, this rate was much higher (22%) in schools with… Read More »

Tackling the Issue of Low Teacher Morale in Michigan and Beyond

Tackling the Issue of Low Teacher Morale in Michigan and Beyond

By Amy Auletto Last month, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Michigan Education Association (MEA) released survey results from a joint project assessing Michigan educators’ perceptions of the profession. In a presentation titled Dissed, Devalued, Demeaned, the two organizations painted a grim picture of teacher morale in Michigan. Nearly 11,000 educators participated in… Read More »

Poor Treatment of U.S. Teachers Goes Beyond Low Salaries

Poor Treatment of U.S. Teachers Goes Beyond Low Salaries

By Amy Auletto Last week, the Green & Write blog examined the difficult work conditions and low salaries of teachers in charter schools. This week, we take a step back and look at how teacher salaries and work conditions in the U.S. as a whole compare to the rest of the world. U.S. Teacher Salaries… Read More »

Cooperative Agreement Aims to Improve Pre-K Teacher Professional Development

Cooperative Agreement Aims to Improve Pre-K Teacher Professional Development

By Dave Reid Researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University have received a $2.5 million “cooperative agreement” for the professional development of teachers. The agreement, titled “Recognizing, Reflecting, and Responding to Infant/Toddler Cues: An Integrated Parent-Teacher Intervention to Support Social Emotional Development through Caregiver Mindfulness and Sensitivity,” will first use… Read More »

Michigan’s Proposed Budget: How it Impacts Teachers and Teacher Quality

Michigan’s Proposed Budget: How it Impacts Teachers and Teacher Quality

By Dave Reid Governor Snyder has recommended 30% of the FY 2016 state budget be used to fund education throughout the state. The budget makes many recommendations, including increases in areas such as higher education and community college. Also included in this 30% are several factors that relate to teacher quality. The budget addresses areas… Read More »

Technology and Online Teacher Training

Technology and Online Teacher Training

By Dave Reid The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently released its annual letter which, among other topics, outlines the foundation’s thoughts and ideas about the future of technology and online learning in education. One part of the letter is sure to stand out to educators. The Gates Foundations states; “There is one thing software… Read More »