Maryland educators pledge collaboration on evaluations (The Washington Post): After spending four years developing its teacher and principal evaluation program, Maryland state officials and teachers unions signed a written agreement pledging to collaborate on the process. The state will begin factoring student test scores into teacher evaluations in 2016.
New NYC chancellor wants more ‘balanced literacy’ (The New York Times): New York City schools chief Carmen Fariña is pushing for more “balanced literacy,” an approach where students lead discussions about reading and choose many of their own books. Fariña says the strategies are especially helpful for students who are learning English.
Gates official says protesters raise ‘legitimate concerns’ (KPLU): In an interview with KPLU, Vicki Phillips, director of education at the Gates Foundation, acknowledged teachers have “legitimate concerns” about the implementation of Common Core standards. Approximately 150 teachers and their supporters participated in a protest against the foundation on Thursday.
- Chasing the elusive ‘quality’ in online education (NPR)
- Fifth grader with beard gets photo in school yearbook (Tri-City Herald)
- Chicago Public Schools announces more than 1,000 layoffs (NBC Chicago)