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All over the United States, schools are scrambling to find qualified special education teachers. There just aren't enough of them to fill every open position.
That means schools must often settle for people who are under-certified and inexperienced. Special ed is tough, and those who aren't ready for the challenge ...
Saturday, January 02, 2016
It's getting harder and harder to find quality special education teachers, which is why 49 out of 50 states report shortages.
Why? It's a tough sell.
Even if you're up for the low pay and noisy classrooms, special education adds another challenge: crushing paperwork.
This is something I understand ...
Monday, November 09, 2015
There is a letter that school districts really don't like sending home to parents of special education students. Each state has a different version, but they begin with something like this:
"Dear Parent, as of the date of this letter your child's teacher is not considered 'highly qualified.' " And ...
Sunday, November 08, 2015
Who doesn't love a class clown? That perfectly timed joke about the ancient Greek poet looking nothing like Homer Simpson is fun for everyone. Unless you're the teacher ... trying to teach a lesson about the Odyssey.
As a teacher, the class clown is often your nemesis. I know this ...
Thursday, November 05, 2015
This week we reported on the history of the school backpack, and it got a lot of you talking. If you missed the post, check it out here.
It turns out that most backpacks come with a story, and we wanted to hear some of those stories.
We asked ...
Monday, November 02, 2015
Our Tools of the Trade series is exploring some of the icons of schools and education.
My editor, Steve Drummond, isn't that old of a guy. He's from Michigan — Wayne Memorial High School, class of '79.
But when he starts talking about backpacks, he dips into a "back in ...
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Imagine you're a principal, walking through the crowded halls of your school. You're on your way to 11th grade chemistry, to watch a science lab. They're expecting you in two minutes.
It already feels like a long day and it's not even lunchtime. You're nearly there, 30 seconds to spare, ...