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Fostering Teacher Leadership Through Collaborative Inquiry

Collaborative inquiry is a powerful design for professional learning that supports the notion of teacher leadership as it recognizes the role of teachers in on-going school improvement.
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Looks just like the C3 Framework for Inquiry in social studies.  Regardless, good points about teacher practice.

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Teacher pilot program takes off

Teacher pilot program takes off | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
They're no longer student teachers, but teacher candidates. Five Northern State University seniors are the first group from the school to try a program that puts teachers-in-training in schools for a full year.
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Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out

Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The new exam, which at least seven states will soon start using, is seen as the teacher education field's response to criticism of university-based preparation programs.
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Report Outlines Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Teachers -- THE Journal

To attract and keep the best educators, the teaching profession must evolve to offer a "staged" career trajectory, where teachers can move up in the profession without switching to administrative roles, according to a new report from Pearson's...
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Classroom Management Prevalent in Teacher Prep Programs – Sort Of

Classroom Management Prevalent in Teacher Prep Programs – Sort Of | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Most programs do not teach classroom management strategies based in research, a new study finds.
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False Transparency and the Airport Princess | CTQ

False Transparency and the Airport Princess | CTQ | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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"So how do we fix this?  How do we get to a point where the people who hold expectations for and are making decisions about our profession are building those expectations and making those decisions based on something more than the 13 years they spent sitting in a student desk?


We write, we share, we talk, we invite, we explain, and we advocate -- at the local coffee shop, on the sidelines of Little League games, in Sunday School, in online forums -- early and often.  We pull back the curtains and give everyone we know a behind-the-scenes look at just what it is we do when we're NOT standing in front of students.

 

People really do want to support teachers.  They just don't know how hard it is to teach.  That's our challenge."

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Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors

Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is rarely emphasized or taught.
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