A policy to charge fees for school athletics in a Rhode Island district is under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a complaint saying it is a violation of state rules on "pay-to-play." District administrators adopted the fee structure in July to save some sports programs from being eliminated as part of budget cuts.
More than 200 teachers in Maryland's Anne Arundel County have earned National Board Certification, and officials there said certification has improved teaching. One teacher said, "As teachers, especially with experience, we tend to do things that we think are the right thing for children, but we can't always explain why. This process forced me to be able to break down what I do and why I do it. When you break something down and see it for the smaller parts, you're more able to make the best decisions about what's best for each child."
Two Utah art teachers in different schools use iMac computers and videoconferencing capabilities to share teaching duties. The award-winning teachers also have collaborated on a Web site, theartmachineonline.org, where students can post their own art and view the work of their peers. "The idea of the machine is, you put in the raw materials, the kids' ideas, effort, and out comes more creativity, imagination and original ideas, as well as kids who are not afraid to take risks or try new things," one teacher said.
While the future of bonuses for National Board Certified Teachers is being debated in South Carolina, educators in one district are celebrating 62 newly certified teachers. "The National Board Certification process allows teachers to evaluate and improve their teaching abilities, resulting in enhanced teaching and learning in our classrooms," the district superintendent said.
A Massachusetts English teacher says lessons on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" come alive for students through an annual Victorian Morning event that includes role-playing in costume. "I'm a big proponent of teaching literature in context with the time period it is set in," said teacher Peggy Taylor. "This gives the opportunity to immerse [students] in the time period."