National Board Certification could be the major credential needed for teachers to earn better pay in North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg district, said schools Superintendent Peter Gorman. He says research from the district shows that students perform better when taught by National Board Certified Teachers. Under a possible performance-pay model, NBCTs would be paid more, and seniority or masters degrees would no longer factor into salary.
Officials in a Florida district are still deciding how to spend a $100 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve teaching. So far, officials have proposed a new teacher-evaluation system -- that still must be approved by the local teachers union -- assessing teachers based on student test scores and evaluations from peers and principals. The best teachers would be paid more under that plan.
Well-managed students can be loud, engaged and active, according to teachers who recently discussed classroom-management tips via Twitter. According to this blog post, teachers should not expect students to sit silently through lessons or read from a textbook to have classroom order. One teacher said a noisy classroom means that more ideas are being shared among students, and another suggested setting up classroom stations to keep students moving and learning.
Professional development, training programs and support for educators can improve teaching and learning, according to leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles. In this column, they write that teachers want to work with administrators to create more effective evaluations that include support for teachers who need help. The union leaders also suggest the use of incentives to keep highly qualified teachers in the classroom and use National Board Certified Teachers to mentor struggling educators.
A teacher writes that his experience at a group discussion on education that involved politicians and education experts illustrates how teachers' viewpoints are often left out of the reform discussion. In this blog post, Anthony Mullen writes that politicians and other leaders who have never taught should not be charged with crafting education policy. "Today I have listened to people who are not teachers, have never worked in a classroom, and have never taught a single student tell me how to teach," he writes about the experience.