Monday, May 05, 2008

May Edition of Education News Parents Can Use

The May edition of Education News Parents Can Use will explore how effective teaching is at the core of America's long-term economic competitiveness; highlight progressive strategies to recruit, train, and reward effective teachers; and, feature award-winning educators from across the country who are dedicated to improving student achievement and ensuring student success in today's global economy. Educators, policymakers, and practitioners will discuss key questions such as:

- What does "effective teaching" mean and what is the Department doing to promote it?
- What is the link between effective teachers and student achievement?
- What can we do to overhaul the recruitment, training, and compensation of teachers, especially those teaching critical subjects like math and science?
- How can we populate America's high need schools with effective teachers?
- What is the Teacher Ambassador Fellowship Program and how will it contribute to the field?
- What questions should parents ask to ensure their child's teacher is high performing and effective in the classroom?
- How would key programs and initiatives-like the Teacher Incentive Fund, student loan forgiveness programs and the Adjunct Teacher Corps-help to fill teaching shortages in high-need schools and subject areas critical to America's competitiveness and economic viability?

Ways to Watch: Education News is available on local education, government or public access channels; TLC (The Learning Channel); some PBS member stations; the Dish Network and DirecTV; BYU Television (DirecTV, Dish and via local cable providers); and Channel One. To learn more, please visit

Archived Webcasts: Education News is available via archived webcasts. To view and learn more, please visit

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