Several factors are creating a “perfect storm” that's accelerating California's teacher shortage and resulting in fewer credentialed teachers in some schools.
Teacher Shortage Growing.
Southern California Public Radio (6/29) reported that the teacher shortage in California is growing, which could lead to more teacher interns and substitutes leading classrooms. The teacher shortage was predicted as older teachers begin to retire and fewer college students enroll in education programs. As news of the shortage spreads, some predict that more college students will see becoming a teacher as a secure career path.
Mel Riddile's insight:
Reformist mantras regarding "failing schools" 'fire our way to Finland', ABC (AnyBody Can Teach, and an end to teacher tenure have achieved their desired outcomes--fewer college students see becoming a teacher as a viable career path.
As the number of students with limited English skills soars, school divisions have an added concern - new federal guidelines on how to educate those students that, some say, could drive down success rates and increase costs.
About one in every 10 students nationwide and in Virginia is labeled an "English learner," or EL - someone whose proficiency in the language is limited.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that the more a teacher cares about her students, the more respect she will receive from them.
“It would appear that teachers who carry signifiers of positions which are powerful in wider society might actually have a harder time establishing personal authority with the young people as they are treated with suspicion,”
Students associated caring with the following:
Fostering a sense of belonging/community
Getting to know students personally
Supporting academic success
Attending to physiological needs
Knowing students names
Making an effort to understand student as an individual
School principals are more important than you might think.
School principals are more important than you might think. They have the ability to make a huge difference in the lives of their students, and are a key component of student success. In fact, experts have come to believe that the only thing more important to student success is teacher quality itself — and school principals directly impact that, too.
Several of the government’s key education policies, including performance-related pay for teachers, extra assessment and an emphasis on schools becoming academies, are a “distraction” that will have only a “minimal” impact on students’ learning, according to new work from a leading education academic.
Be yourself and show people that you are real! Tweet about what inspires you and what happens in your day to day life as an educator
Create don’t consume by sharing images – people love to see what your classroom, school, project, activity etc. looks like so they can get inspiration
Create don’t consume by sharing links to articles that you write or articles that you have read. Nearly every educator I know loves a good nighttime read
Quotes and thoughts related to education (always remember to link to the author)
Ask questions and give answers – tweet responses directly to people and ask questions if you are unsure
Get involved in Twitter Chats – tweet your answers to questions and your thoughts to other educators tweets
Support other educators by giving a ‘favourite’ or a ‘retweet’ to their posts. This shows that you appreciate and enjoy what they have tweeted
Be positive – tell people how much you love their work, demonstrate positivity in everything you tweet. You can still be constructive and be passionate but always be respectful – like we tell our students “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it!”
Suggest other educators to follow – you can do this at any stage but I like to make use of #FF (Follow Friday) where people share their favourite connections
Everyone knows why classroom management skills are considered a critical part of teacher training. The reason we need to minimize “misbehavior” and get students to show up, sit down, and pay attention is so we can teach them stuff. That proposition is so obvious that it’s rarely defended or even spelled out, except maybe on . . . (Read More)
Check out these tips for growing powerful leadership teams that can transform schools.
Strong teams within a school are essential to retaining and sustaining teachers. In schools with low staff turnover (even in challenging urban contexts), teachers report feeling connected to colleagues and supported by them. They also describe feeling that they belong to a team whose members are fulfilling a mission together. The emotions activated in this context are those which keep us engaged in a difficult endeavor for a long time. Public education is a hard place to be these days -- we need structures (such as strong teams) that cultivate our emotional resilience.
A new program designed to improve the learning environment for students within the Klein Independent School District will continue in the upcoming school year. The Transform Academy began last September with selected principals and teachers who researched how to enhance the learning environment and how to increase student engagement, said Susan Borg, Klein ISD associate superintendent for instruction and student services. Diana Sullivan, foreign language teacher at Krimmel Intermediate School,
The results of a new Education Week Research Center survey suggest that social and emotional learning has staked a claim in schools but that challenges remain.
Educators Place More Emphasis On Social And Emotional Learning.
Education Week (7/1, Yettick) reports a survey of teachers and school administrators found that more schools are adding social and emotional learning to the curriculum. The number of educators who considered social and emotional learning “very important” increased from 54% to 67% from 2014 to 2015.
Over the past several years, I've posted many examples of collaborative learning in my history classrooms grades 8-10. The part that gets most students' and educators' attention is that I do not give tests. Ever. Lecture is also never a part of the student learning experience.
Kelly Christopherson's insight:
Collaborative learning has many faces and ways of implementing. This is a good example of what it can look like in a classroom once a teachers becomes familiar with using different strategies to engage students. The thing that I've learned when implementing collaborate learning is that it takes a while to become familiar with different strategies, you have to rethink planning and interaction and assessment is something that will evolve over time as you become more familiar and comfortable with this type of learning. It's not assigning group work but, instead, is a way of thinking about and working with students as they become the prime catalysts in their own learning as you help to direct the different learning activities within the classroom.
Carol Dweck is education’s guru of the moment. The US academic’s “growth mindset” theory has taken schools on both sides of the Atlantic by storm. When TES met the Stanford University psychology professor at the Festival of Education at Wellington College last week, the mere mention of her name was sending teachers into shivers of excitement. But the woman herself is refreshingly modest about the success of her philosophy. “You never know how influential your idea is going to be,” she says, smi
District-level data from New York suggest that relatively affluent districts tend to have higher opt-out rates, and that districts with lower test scores have higher opt-out rates after taking socioeconomic status into account
A new study has found that parents’ beliefs about their children — and the comparisons they make — impact how children do in school — and beyond. “Parents’ beliefs about their children, not just their actual parenting,...
The Carnegie Task Force states, "While school systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students, when the need directly affects learning, the school must meet the challenge." Is the competition for resources killing their chances?
"We have constrained our ability to close the achievement gap by structuring schools in a siloed, modular manner," said Horn, who is the executive director of education at the institute. "If schools frame their mission solely as the delivery of academic content, they limit their ability to deliver on larger goals of success for students."
Mel Riddile's insight:
The first thing I did as the new principal of a large, urban high school was to hire a social worker to work in tandem with the two counselor and academy principals in each of five academies.
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