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June 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Teacher merit isn’t solely determined by seniority

Donna Grethen / Op Art

The assumption that with experience comes increased quality of teaching, is inaccurate or, at minimum, an over-generalization [“How gaps in teacher quality widen the gaps in student achievement,” Education Lab, June 6].

As there are veteran teachers of high and low quality, there are first- and second-year teachers with equal if not greater merit. Often with youth comes innovative approaches, enthusiasm and a love for the teaching profession that has not been dampened by bureaucratic suffocation — a determination to “do as we have always done,” an attitude that teaching is a job or worse, that the non-future of


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Education Lab, pay scale

April 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Tell a story about how you got into college at an Education Lab event


Illustration by Boo Davis / The Seattle Times

Editor’s note: This is a post from the Education Lab blog, and should be of interest to Northwest Voices readers and participants.

Do you have an interesting story to share about getting into college? Education Lab is recruiting current students and recent grads to share short, inspirational tales about how they made a successful transition to higher education.

Selected speakers will get coaching and appear at our May 20 event, Storytellers: How I Got Into College, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

To participate, call 206-464-2057 and tell us about an obstacle you overcame to get into college. Your recording should be no more than two minutes and include your full name, phone number and email address.


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April 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

High-school counselors: Training won’t create time for advising

Guest columnist Jenée Myers Twitchell quite correctly paints a picture of high school counselors staggered by too many responsibilities on their plates[“Give high-school counselors a chance to collaborate,” Education Lab, April 17]. As a former high-school counselor, I think she is right on this point. Time — or the lack thereof — is the…


Comments | More in Education reform | Topics: Bruce Brand, college advising, Education Lab

January 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Para-educators’ important work often goes unnoticed

I was pleased to see guest columnist Kim Wilson’s piece in support of public school para-educators [“Para-educators provide vital outreach to state’s most vulnerable students,” Education Lab, Jan. 7]. I had the honor, privilege and joy of working with “paras” for 33 years. Like school secretaries, para-educators do important work that goes unnoticed to…


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