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The teacher-activist take on school reform: Bale edits new book

The teacher-activist take on school reform: Bale edits new book

The recent consensus dominating discussions on school reform tends to take a conservative, market-driven approach to fixing schools. But many educators believe that kind of thinking alienates teachers, teacher unions and, ultimately, the students who have been fighting against racism and inequality in education throughout history. A new book co-edited by Michigan State University assistant… Read More »

See Think Wonder: Floden comments on teaching trends

See Think Wonder: Floden comments on teaching trends

A new teaching exercise called See Think Wonder is picking up steam in several Metro Detroit schools. Part of an approach called “visible thinking,” See Think Wonder promotes class discussion and invites students to explore their critical thinking skills. This new method sharply contrasts the current teaching trend that’s developed as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act; according to researchers at Harvard University, there’s “less… Read More »

New book explores teacher response to reforms in literacy education

New book explores teacher response to reforms in literacy education

Changes in education policy, most notably the  mandates of No Child Left Behind, have often forced teachers to reconcile outside expectations with the specific needs of their students and their own professional knowledge and values. Professor of teacher education Susan Florio-Ruane explores how teachers handle those unique situations in a new book, Standing for Literacy:… Read More »

Schmidt: Do middle school math teachers get enough preparation?

Schmidt: Do middle school math teachers get enough preparation?

A recent opinion piece from the Orlando Sentinel addressed one of Florida education’s most troubling statistics: that only 28 percent of Floridian eighth-graders are considered “proficient” in mathematics. The solution? Attract top math teachers to middle schools, said guest columnist Paul Cottle. Cottle referenced the research of MSU professor William Schmidt, which said that U.S. math instruction is weak because the teachers themselves often have… Read More »

MSU participates in $1M study to examine early algebra challenges

MSU participates in $1M study to examine early algebra challenges

Schools across the nation are requiring all students to complete algebra by the end of ninth grade, which will potentially increase U.S. competitiveness and level the playing field for minorities and poor students.  However, a team of educational researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Pennsylvania theorize that this phenomenon could have some negative consequences.… Read More »

Teacher influence persists in early grades

Teacher influence persists in early grades

Having consistently good teachers in elementary school appears to be as important for student achievement as small class sizes, according to new research by a Michigan State University education scholar. The study by Spyros Konstantopoulos found that, starting in kindergarten, teachers can significantly affect students’ reading and math scores in later grades. The study, which… Read More »

Finding a fair way to evaluate teachers

As pressure for more teacher accountability builds, states (and school districts) have been searching for the best evaluation methods. Many say classroom observation won’t suffice for measuring teacher quality. Many educational leaders fear using student test scores doesn’t work either. As noted in a recent Detroit News article, Robert Floden says research on using value-added… Read More »