WinkWorld March 2007
This month in WinkWorld, I am sharing a few interesting sites/thoughts, which have emerged in class this past month. Enjoy.
Teachers Make a Difference
Median annual earnings of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $41,400 to $45,920 in May 2004; the lowest 10 percent earned $26,730 to $31,180; the top 10 percent earned $66,240 to $71,370. Median earnings for preschool teachers were $20,980.
According to the American Federation of Teachers, beginning teachers with a bachelor's degree earned an average of $31,704 in the 2003-04 school year. The estimated average salary of all public elementary and secondary school teachers in the 2003-04 school year was $46,597. Private school teachers generally earn less than public school teachers, but may be given other benefits, such as free or subsidized housing.
Teachers can boost their salary in a number of ways. In some schools, teachers receive extra pay for coaching sports and working with students in extracurricular activities. Getting a master's degree or national certification often results in a raise in pay, as does acting as a mentor. Some teachers earn extra income during the summer by teaching summer school or performing other jobs in the school system. Retrieved February 26, 2007 from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos069.htm#earnings
National Women's History Project
What is learning?
NEA's Position on NCLB, and Our Shared Responsibility for re-authorization of ESEA http://www.nea.org/esea/posagendaexecsum.html
U of A Children's Literature Conference
University of Alabama
Leave behind a bad idea: Even if it is "fixed," No Child Left Behind would be horrible for education accountability.
Research Studies on What We Really Know about NCLB
The Real World
First, I visited IICSN, which is a charter school initiated by Le Putney, my colleague/friend/co-author of A Vision of Vygotsky, and Connie Malleck. After watching Le and Connie jump over the many institutional hurdles the last couple of years in order to create this school, it was thrilling to spend time with active, involved students, who are thriving in this dynamic approach to teaching and learning. My congratulations to the entire group.
Innovations International Charter School of Nevada
IICSN is a school as resilient and diverse as its faculty and administration, staff, students, parents, and community partners. We are a state funded K - 12 public school with an inclusive educational program that incorporates bilingual education with an interest apprenticeship we call our Global Curriculum. We specialize in forming a unique learning community by relating learning to real life, providing opportunities for students to develop responsibility for self and community, and enhancing collaboration with community members, parents, business people, and institutions of higher education. We are committed to promoting academic and personal success and ensuring our school is a pivot point of collaboration and community pride.
Second, while in Las Vegas, I had the unbelievable experience of attending a Barry Manilow concert with a group of Fabulous Fanilows-who knew life could be so much fun. ;-)
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