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This Week in EdTech – Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week!

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A summary of top stories featuring teacher news and trending articles on what’s impacting teachers today.

It’s been a week of giving thanks and recognizing teachers around the nation for all they do in educating and shaping the minds of our future. We thought we would end the week off on the same note, by sharing articles about the latest news on what’s directly impacting teachers and teacher education.

Secretary King Writes in Appreciation of Teachers

Tech & Learning features an article written by U.S. Secretary of Education John King, thanking American teachers for their efforts, in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Read the full letter and check out their #ThankATeacher video.

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The Merit Pay Myth: Why the Conventional Wisdom about Paying Teachers Is Wrong

If teachers are paid based on their performance, will it improve student performance as a result? Maybe – but the understanding of how merit pay works (also known as performance pay) is grossly misunderstood and outdated. Check out this article to learn more about this myth.

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University Of Denver 'Stem for Grown-Ups' Targets Teachers to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

The title for this one says it all. The University of Denver for Professional Development and Silicon STEM Academy are teaming up to design a new program for teachers and other professionals. Their objective is to help develop critical thinking skills to prep educators for 21st century subject matter.

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Teacher Appreciation Week: More Than a Quarter of K-12 Teachers Are Career Changers

A new survey by the University of Phoenix polled more than a thousand K-12 teachers across the U.S. to learn more about how teacher shortages affect classrooms, why those who switch careers to teaching are essential, and the why teachers recommend the profession to others.

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Principals Supporting Teachers as Curriculum Designers

Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) training should be supported by all principals, so that teachers are able to design their own curriculums. Tune in to this podcast by Getting Smart, to learn why this is so important.

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Former Teacher: Thanks to President Obama, Public Education Is Back on the Right Path

Education has improved since President Obama took office, according to this opinion piece by a former teacher with forty-four years of experience. Check out the full article to learn how President Obama has made an impact on education.

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State Reviewing Thousands of Applications for Teacher Jobs in Hawaii

After word got out that Hawaii was facing a teacher shortage, they went from receiving 20 – 25 applications a day to over 600. Unfortunately, many of these applicants might be just looking for a vacation.

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No One Rule Fits All

Do the U.S. Education Department’s proposed rules on teacher preparation programs discriminate against distance education providers? Some higher education groups seem to think so, and they’re asking the same rules apply to both in-class and online programs.

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To all teachers, from everyone here at D2L, thank you for inspiring us to continually innovate – we love the way you teach!


Additional Resources

  • Download the Innovation in Teaching Booklet– the latest publication from Inside Higher Ed on what innovative teachers from around the world are doing for their students.

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