Last week, I ran into an educator-friend at the grocery store: “Did you see that news article last night?” she asked. “Now, they’re bashing teachers for taking too many days off!” This teacher, by the way, is not a complainer. She is respected by her peers, contributes to the positive climate of her school, and is adored by her…

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Here we go again. Remember the teacher shortage I wrote about a few weeks ago? Well, apparently it caught up with Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN. According to USA Today, this school – a school at which President Obama gave the 2011 commencement speech due to an inspiring turn-around story – went almost a full year…

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I think we’d all agree that schools are educational institutions. Teachers instruct, and students learn. At least that’s what’s supposed to happen, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Remember the old saying, “What gets measured, gets done”? There are plenty of examples of this in education. For instance, teachers may not focus on writing out their lesson plans…

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Guess what? There is a nationwide teacher shortage. Surprised? I’m not. I’m not the least bit surprised, because I AM an educator. But all those non-educator types – you know, the politicians, the reporters, the educational philanthropists – they seem quite surprised. They even write articles about teacher shortages, wondering what they can do to boost enrollment in teacher…

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