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Townsend Harris Teacher Wins $25,000 Milken Award

Friday, March 02, 2012

Rafal Olechowski, an English teacher who loves to teach 19th-century romantic poets, was surprised to learn during a school assembly that he had won a prestigious prize for his teaching.

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Schoolbook

Queens School Aide Arrested in Sexual Abuse Case

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A school aide in Queens was arrested Thursday on charges of sexually abusing a student younger than 11 years old, the police said, becoming the fifth city school worker charged in the last few weeks with sexual crimes against children.

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Strangers

John Corcoran, Part 2: The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

John Corcoran spent 17 years as a high school teacher without knowing how to read or write. This is Part 2 of the story of how he pulled it off and where it all led in the end.

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Strangers

John Corcoran, Part 1: The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

Friday, February 10, 2012

John Corcoran graduated from college and taught high school for 17 years without knowing how to read or write. This is Part 1 of the story about how he pulled that off.

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WNYC News

No Teacher Layoffs, But City Schools Still Face Budget Cuts

Monday, June 27, 2011

Teachers were spared from layoffs after the city reached a deal with the union and Department of Education last week — but principals were told Monday they have to shed $178 million from their budgets in the fiscal year starting next month.

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WNYC News

Regents to Vote on New Teacher Evaluations

Monday, May 16, 2011

Under a proposal to be taken up Monday by the Board of Regents, teachers across New York State will be evaluated based partly on how their students perform on state exams.

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WNYC News

Ed Secretary Arne Duncan Backs Ending LIFO

Thursday, March 17, 2011

At an international conference on teaching, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said seniority alone shouldn't determine which teachers are let go during budget cuts. But he wouldn't say whether seniority should be among several factors when it comes to layoffs.

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The Takeaway

Why Be a Teacher Today?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

If you're to listen to the political rhetoric coming out of Wisconsin and other parts of the country right now, teachers don't seem to be getting much love.

Thursday's New York Times has a feature on how teachers are reacting to all this scorn getting heaped on them. Republicans in several states are proposing measures to roll back teacher tenure and some mayors are threatening mass layoffs. One teacher tells the paper, "It’s hard to feel good about yourself when your governor and other people are telling you you’re doing a lousy job." Another teacher in Wisconsin says she finds it hard to keep up with her $26,000 of debt when her salary is only $36,000.

With all this public criticism, we're asking a question addressed specifically to teachers: What makes you keep being a teacher?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Teachers and Parents

Friday, February 25, 2011

On the last day of the Presidents Week vacation, we're asking teachers and parents to call in and talk about teaching. Teachers have been in the middle of a national discussion about union benefits, but this is a chance for an honest conversation about teaching from both parents and educators.

This is a Presidents Week opportunity for parents and teachers, while you're both home, to get together here and talk about teaching.

Teachers, what else do you think the public needs to know about job? Parents, what do you want to know about what teachers do?

→ Leave your comments at It's A Free Country or call 212.433.WNYC at 11:20!

The Takeaway

Teachable Moments of 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from the past year about the year that was. Today we're having a conversation about the teachable moments of 2010. What lessons can we take away from the major world events of the past year?

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Studio 360

Soaring

Saturday, November 01, 2003

The story begins in a poetry class at an adult learning center on Chicago's North Side. The teacher, Susan House, usually keeps things fairly subdued. But one day, Sifredo Torres walks in. He's a former gang member working toward his GED. When his eyes meet those of Diana Giraldo, ...

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Studio 360

Bob Ross

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Painter Bob Ross died eight years ago. But many people don't realize this, because his 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting continue to air worldwide. Jad Abumrad discovered that Ross's legacy of art-teaching has extended way beyond those television shows and into places like the back of ...

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Studio 360

My Mentor

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Alec Wilkinson was just a young guy when he decided that he could become a writer and maybe get rich. He found the perfect teacher. After a career editing John Updike and Vladimir Nabokov, William Maxwell took this clueless kid under his wing. Wilkinson is now ...

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