An Ohio high-school teacher has received the Heller Award from Cleveland's chapter of the American Chemical Society. Lori Koss coaches her school's Science Olympiad team and has developed a teaching method using trading cards as learning tools.
The National Research Council's study of National Board Certified Teachers revealed that NBCTs have a positive effect on student achievement. That same branch of the National Academies has been hired to research the education-reform efforts of Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
Legislators in Florida's Senate are proposing to keep $5,000 annual bonuses for the state's National Board Certified Teachers. "We don't want to disenfranchise people who work hard," said Republican Sen. Stephen Wise.
Students who refuse to complete assignments at home may do so for a variety of reasons, members of the Teacher Leaders Network said in a recent discussion. Most said private discussions with students can help educators better understand why the work is not being completed and reiterate to students the importance of the work to their learning and grades. Accommodations should be considered for students with challenging home environments, they said, and homework always should be meaningful.