TEACHERS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/TEACHERS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Teacher essay: Seeing the big picture in Finland http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188051-78/teacher-students-doing-finland.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188051-78/teacher-students-doing-finland.html.csp">Teacher essay: Seeing the big picture in Finland</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tara Black </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Special to The Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T10:41:21.176-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 10:41AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Tara Black, who teachers second grade at Indian Hills Elementary in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — I am constantly reevaluating what I’m doing with my current students to make sure I am teaching them in a way that they will comprehend and retain. I try to be the teacher that I hope my own family will have. I like to think I am back...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58188051@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:41:21 MDT What can Utah schools learn from education leader Finland? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58166744-78/teachers-finland-students-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58166744-78/teachers-finland-students-utah.html.csp">What can Utah schools learn from education leader Finland?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By lisa schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T21:57:35.245-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 09:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s a country that shies away from high-stakes school testing. It’s a place where teachers are required to have master’s degrees, students spend less time in school than in the U.S. and early childhood education programs are available to all kids. To some Utahns, the school system in Finland might sound like a dream, and, to others, a backward approach. But there’s no arguing with the results: Finland’s students rank far higher than those in the U.S. on international PISA tests. At a time when ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58166744@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:57:35 MDT Teacher essay: Finland sees kids as ‘our greatest natural resource’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198450-78/finland-teachers-teacher-educators.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198450-78/finland-teachers-teacher-educators.html.csp">Teacher essay: Finland sees kids as ‘our greatest natural resource’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Linda Davis</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Special to The Tribune </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T13:13:01.71-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 01:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Linda Davis, a special education teacher at Hillside Middle School in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — As a middle school teacher of special education for the past 29 years, I was impressed in Finland by the way raising and teaching children are truly communal activities, where everyone is treated as equally as possible. For example,...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198450@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:13:01 MDT Teacher essay: Getting students involved in the adult world http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198411-78/students-teachers-community-activities.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198411-78/students-teachers-community-activities.html.csp">Teacher essay: Getting students involved in the adult world</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Donell Willey </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Special to The Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T13:04:02.129-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 01:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Lakeridge Junior High teacher Donell Willey was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — My philosophy of teaching stems from my belief that children generally want to contribute to the well-being of, and make a difference in, whatever situation they find themselves, whether in their family or broader community. But do our traditional classrooms provide our stu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198411@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:04:02 MDT Teacher essay: Training great teachers the Finnish way http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198388-78/teachers-finland-teacher-doctors.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198388-78/teachers-finland-teacher-doctors.html.csp">Teacher essay: Training great teachers the Finnish way</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Laura Nelson </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Special to The Tribune </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T12:51:59.159-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 12:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Laura Nelson, a French teacher at East High School in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — In Finland, most young people who choose to enter the teaching profession make that decision before they even leave high school. Potential teachers go through a rigorous application process. They have to have high scores on the matriculation exam, a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198388@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:51:59 MDT Teacher essay: Having the time to show students you care http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58161674-78/students-teacher-teachers-art.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58161674-78/students-teacher-teachers-art.html.csp">Teacher essay: Having the time to show students you care</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Russ McKell</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Special to The Tribune </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T11:39:42.21-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 11:39AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Russ McKell, a social studies teacher at Summit High School in Orem, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — In general, Finnish teachers are happy. They are professional. They are focused on students. And their classroom sizes are half the size of ours. In the small community of Siuntio, we toured an art classroom where art teacher Mari Sarviaho proudly s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58161674@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:39:42 MDT Teacher essay: Can we turn Finnish education values into Utah realities? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58165930-78/education-teachers-finnish-finns.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58165930-78/education-teachers-finnish-finns.html.csp">Teacher essay: Can we turn Finnish education values into Utah realities?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Denise Jamsa </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Special to The Salt Lake Tribune </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T14:08:15.787-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 02:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Editor’s note: Music teacher Denise Jamsa was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — Finnish children start school at the age of seven, attend for only a few hours each day in the early grades, access very few gifted and talented programs, and take no standardized tests until they are at the end of 9th grade. Yet when they do finally take the international PISA test, they...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58165930@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:08:15 MDT Districts debate merits of master’s for teachers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58177218-68/pay-teachers-advanced-degrees.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58177218-68/pay-teachers-advanced-degrees.html.csp">Districts debate merits of master’s for teachers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JAMIE STENGLE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-12T13:08:01.535-06:00">Updated Jul 12, 2014 01:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Dallas • Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who say the extra training is valuable. More than half of the nation’s teachers have master’s degrees or higher, but the changing salary structure is giving pause to others considering the same path. Texas’ two largest school districts, in Houston and Dalla...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58177218@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:08:01 MDT Op-ed: Despite claim, Utah teachers don’t get jobs for life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58170849-82/utah-teachers-law-dismissal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58170849-82/utah-teachers-law-dismissal.html.csp">Op-ed: Despite claim, Utah teachers don’t get jobs for life</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T17:20:02.185-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah public school teachers and administrators face an uphill climb as they prepare for evaluations being implemented in response to a law passed by the Utah Legislature in 2012 (Senate Bill 64). The legislation, crafted in collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, the state superintendent, the Utah School Boards Association and the Utah Education Association, had nearly unanimous support from the legislative body. Given the substantive way this law changes how Utah teachers are eva...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58170849@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:20:02 MDT Union leader derides Obama education chief http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58173660-68/education-teachers-union-chief.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58173660-68/education-teachers-union-chief.html.csp">Union leader derides Obama education chief</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MICHAEL R. BLOOD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T09:39:01.736-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 09:39AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • The president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union has harsh words for President Barack Obama’s education chief, but stops short of calling for his ouster. United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten says Education Secretary Arne Duncan needs to listen to parents and teachers, not dismiss their concerns. In a draft of a speech she will deliver Friday in Los Angeles, Weingarten says the union needs an education secretary who “walks our walk and fights our fight...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581736602014-07-11T09:39:01.736-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-11T09:39:01.736-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58173660@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:39:01 MDT Former Utah teacher to lead National Education Association http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58156804-78/eskelsen-garcia-utah-teachers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58156804-78/eskelsen-garcia-utah-teachers.html.csp">Former Utah teacher to lead National Education Association</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lisa Schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T09:31:31.67-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 09:31AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The incoming president of the nation’s largest teachers’ union knows something about hefty class sizes and low per-pupil funding. She taught in Utah, after all. Utah teachers “are so common sense, and we can stretch a dollar until you can see through it,” said Lily Eskelsen Garcia. “We know how to use resources well. No one can say we’re wasting money in Utah. What we want are common sense solutions and tools to do our job, and what we want is an end to toxic testing that’s actually punishing o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58156804@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:31:31 MDT Op-ed: Thank Utah teachers, and then get them better pay http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58103873-82/teachers-education-teacher-funding.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58103873-82/teachers-education-teacher-funding.html.csp">Op-ed: Thank Utah teachers, and then get them better pay</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sheryl ALlen</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-27T16:50:02.56-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 04:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rep. Jon Cox, a tenured teacher, has presented a good argument for ending tenure (“This teacher/legislator says it’s time to end tenure,” June 22). The topic merits discussion by the Legislature and boards of education. However, there should be no debate about his statement that legislators should prioritize increasing teacher pay to reward our best instructors. Both he and I would choose a great teacher over state-of-the art technology. Our schools are hurting. It is not because we have less sk...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58103873@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:50:02 MDT Letter: Legislator doesn’t know teachers’ issues http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58103521-82/tenure-teacher-teachers-cox.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58103521-82/tenure-teacher-teachers-cox.html.csp">Letter: Legislator doesn’t know teachers’ issues</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-23T17:20:31.758-06:00">Updated Jun 23, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Lip-syncing the talking points of national anti-public teacher groups, Utah’s Rep. Jon Cox (“This teacher/legislator says it’s time to end tenure,” June 22) attacked the idea of tenure, dismissing any benefits through the single argument that there are less than ideal teachers on the job. While claiming credibility as a teacher himself, Mr. Cox doesn’t seem to understand that Utah doesn’t grant tenure. As close as we get here is that a “contract employee,” meaning no longer provisional and with...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58103521@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:20:31 MDT Op-ed: This teacher/legislator says it’s time to end tenure http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58085935-82/tenure-teacher-benefit-education.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58085935-82/tenure-teacher-benefit-education.html.csp">Op-ed: This teacher/legislator says it’s time to end tenure</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jon Cox</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T16:56:02.506-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 04:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">After a costly legal fight, a California court recently struck down tenure in the contracts of 300,000 teachers. Opponents are set to appeal, and undoubtedly the battle will spread to other states. In the end, more and more money will be spent in the courtroom instead of where it belongs, in the classroom. As the only member of the Utah Legislature who currently works as a tenure-track teacher, I feel it would be appropriate to add my voice to the discussion. Tenure is part of the overall benef...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58085935@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:56:02 MDT Rampell: We still need to pay for good teachers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58063550-82/teachers-job-tenure-teaching.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58063550-82/teachers-job-tenure-teaching.html.csp">Rampell: We still need to pay for good teachers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Catherine Rampell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-13T00:46:03.188-06:00">Updated Jun 13, 2014 12:46AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Making it easier to fire bad teachers isn’t going to magically cause the educational achievement gap to disappear. You need to be able to attract and retain more good teachers, too. Unfortunately, no one wants to pay for that. This week, a California judge declared that tenure and other seniority rules that make it hard to dismiss teachers “result in grossly ineffective teachers obtaining and retaining permanent employment,” which hurts the low-income and minority children that low performers di...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58063550@www.sltrib.com Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:46:03 MDT California teacher tenure ruling may fuel debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58056155-68/california-teacher-students-teachers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58056155-68/california-teacher-students-teachers.html.csp">California teacher tenure ruling may fuel debate</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LINDA DEUTSCH and LISA LEFF</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-11T15:21:30.221-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 03:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • A first-of-its-kind court ruling that concluded California’s union-backed teacher tenure, layoff and dismissal laws infringe on students’ rights to an equal public education adds fire to a debate over whether the job protections afforded professional educators are partly to blame for what ails the nation’s schools, experts said. A judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday sided with nine students who sued to overturn the state statutes governing teacher hiring and firing, saying they served ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58056155@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:21:30 MDT Judge strikes down California teacher tenure http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58050442-68/teachers-students-california-judge.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58050442-68/teachers-students-california-judge.html.csp">Judge strikes down California teacher tenure</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LINDA DEUTSCH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-10T15:32:41.275-06:00">Updated Jun 10, 2014 03:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s public school teachers as unconstitutional Tuesday, saying such laws harm students — especially poor and minority ones — by saddling them with bad teachers. In a landmark decision that could influence the gathering debate over tenure across the country, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu cited the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education in ruling that students have a fundamental right to equal...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580504422014-06-10T15:32:41.275-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-10T15:32:41.275-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58050442@www.sltrib.com Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:32:41 MDT