40,000 Teachers Give Their Views on Education Reform in “Primary Sources”

March 10, 2010

Scholastic Inc. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today released Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on America’s Schools, a landmark report presenting the results of a national survey of more than 40,000 public school teachers in grades pre-K to 12. The survey reveals that, while teachers have high expectations for their students, they overwhelmingly agree that too many students are leaving unprepared for success beyond high school. Primary Sources reveals teachers’ thoughtful, nuanced views on issues at the heart of education reform – from performance pay and standardized tests to academic standards and teacher evaluation. Teacher responses reveal five powerful solutions to raise student achievement.

The survey, which was conducted by phone and on the web from mid-March to mid-June 2009, identifies five solutions to address the challenges facing schools today and to help ensure that all students achieve at their highest levels:

  1. Establish Clear Standards, Common Across States
  2. Use Multiple Measures to Evaluate Student Performance
  3. Innovate to Reach Today’s Students
  4. Accurately Measure Teacher Performance and Provide Non-Monetary Rewards
  5. Bridge School & Home to Raise Student Achievement

Read the full article here.

Happy Pi Day!

March 10, 2010


March 14 will be the 22nd annual Pi day that celebrates the mathematical constant π. Pi has been known for almost 4000 years—but even if we calculated the number of seconds in those 4000 years and calculated pi to that number of places, we would still only be approximating its actual value.

 The founder of Pi Day was Larry Shaw, a now-retired physicist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. The most common form of celebrating Pi day is of course baking and eating pies!  Some great Pi activities for celebrating the day can be found at www.TeachPi.org Have a Happy Pi Day!