teachers http://www.kplu.org en The Life Of A First-Year Teacher, In Six Emotional Stages http://www.kplu.org/post/life-first-year-teacher-six-emotional-stages <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It isn't easy being a teacher, especially a new one.</span></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 11702 at http://www.kplu.org The Life Of A First-Year Teacher, In Six Emotional Stages State Grants Aim to Curb New Teacher Dropout Rate http://www.kplu.org/post/state-grants-aim-curb-new-teacher-dropout-rate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/legisgov/2011documents/BESTProgramReport.pdf" target="_blank">25 percent of new teachers quitting the profession within the first five years</a>,&nbsp;state Superintendent Randy&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dorn</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hopes the latest batch of mentorship grants will retain teachers. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Nearly $800,000 in Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grants will benefit nearly 400 new teachers in seven school districts across the state. The funds will help grantees coach and counsel new teachers and offer them professional development opportunities.</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:20:55 +0000 Florangela Davila 10685 at http://www.kplu.org State Grants Aim to Curb New Teacher Dropout Rate Seattle Teachers, District Reach Tentative Agreement http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-teachers-district-reach-tentative-agreement <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Seattle teachers and the school district have reached a tentative contract agreement.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The district says they came to agreement early Sunday and that the Seattle Education Association plans to vote on the proposed contract on late Tuesday afternoon. School is scheduled to begin Wednesday.</p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 17:11:59 +0000 The Associated Press 9855 at http://www.kplu.org As Strike Looms, Seattle Teachers Plan Tuesday Vote http://www.kplu.org/post/strike-looms-seattle-teachers-plan-tuesday-vote <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">With teacher strikes a possibility in Seattle and another district, Washington's teachers union says negotiations are continuing and agreements could be reached before classes begin next week.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The teachers in the South Kitsap School District have set an earlier deadline, however, than Seattle teachers. Washington Education Association spokesman Rich Wood says the teachers in Port Orchard have decided they will go on strike if they do not have a contract by Saturday.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:28:35 +0000 The Associated Press 9803 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Legislature passes teacher evaluation bill http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-legislature-passes-teacher-evaluation-bill <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; The Washington state Legislature has approved a bill that uses improvement in student test scores as a factor in hiring, firing and tenure decisions for teachers.</p><div><p>The measure passed on an 82-16 bipartisan vote late Wednesday night. The Senate already had passed the bill, so it now goes to the governor for her signature.</p><p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:45:31 +0000 The Associated Press 4289 at http://www.kplu.org Teachers across state to protest budget cuts as special session begins http://www.kplu.org/post/teachers-across-state-protest-budget-cuts-special-session-begins <p>Teachers across the state plan to protest cuts to public schools on the first day of the legislature&rsquo;s special session to shore up the budget.</p><p>Hundreds of educators will rally in Olympia on Monday, Nov. 28. Even more teachers will deliver their concerns virtually.</p><p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:10:05 +0000 Charla Bear 3270 at http://www.kplu.org How to identify bad teachers: Ask a parent http://www.kplu.org/post/how-identify-bad-teachers-ask-parent <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984823.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984823.mp3</a></p><p>Most people can remember a favorite teacher &ndash; the one who got you love a certain book or made science class exciting. But you may also remember that bad teacher &ndash; the one who made your life miserable. And according to the studies, those teachers may have had just as big an impact on your education.</p><p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 03:17:35 +0000 Jessica Robinson 2543 at http://www.kplu.org How to identify bad teachers: Ask a parent Tacoma schools to start on time after teacher strike vote falls short http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma-schools-start-time-after-teacher-strike-vote-falls-short <p>Tacoma students will head back to school today, despite their teachers having no contract.</p><p>Teachers voted on whether to strike last night, but <a href="http://wea.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=22681.0">fell about 30 votes short of the majority needed to boycott the district</a>, according to a letter sent to teachers by Andy Coons, president of the Tacoma Education Association.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:32:09 +0000 KPLU News Staff 2504 at http://www.kplu.org Tacoma teacher contract talks stall, raising fears of strike http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma-teacher-contract-talks-stall-raising-fears-strike <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984003.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984003.mp3</a></p><p>The first day of school for Tacoma students is just a few days away, but their teachers might not show up.</p><p>They have yet to reach an agreement over their contract with the school district. That leaves many families worried that a strike could be on the horizon.</p><p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:30:58 +0000 Charla Bear 2466 at http://www.kplu.org Senate proposes pay cut for school employees http://www.kplu.org/post/senate-proposes-pay-cut-school-employees <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-963044.mp3</p><p>Teachers and other public school employees in Washington could face a 3% pay cut. That&rsquo;s one of the key cost-saving measures contained in the State Senate&rsquo;s two-year budget proposal. It was unveiled late Tuesday.</p><p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:44:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1194 at http://www.kplu.org Senate proposes pay cut for school employees Senate approves performance-based teacher lay-offs http://www.kplu.org/post/senate-approves-performance-based-teacher-lay-offs <p>The State Senate has approved a controversial proposal to base teacher lay-offs on performance - not seniority. The vote late Tuesday triggered a heated debate on the Senate floor and split majority Democrats. Senator Rodney Tom is a suburban Seattle Democrat. He led the charge for performance-based lay-offs:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Why in the world would you ever lay-off a second year or third year or fourth year teacher of the year in lieu of maybe an eight or ninth year teacher who is on probation? It just makes no sense.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:06:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1195 at http://www.kplu.org Bonuses aren't attracting teachers to low-income schools, UW researchers find http://www.kplu.org/post/bonuses-arent-attracting-teachers-low-income-schools-uw-researchers-find <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-959329.mp3</p><p>Money is not enticing Washington&rsquo;s top teachers to move to low-income schools, according to University of Washington researchers. They studied a state program that gives bonuses to teachers who go through a rigorous evaluation process called National Board Certification.</p><p>Supporters of the program, however, say it&#39;s successful because more teachers at struggling schools now have the high level proficiency endorsement.</p><p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:02:45 +0000 Charla Bear 1064 at http://www.kplu.org Bonuses aren't attracting teachers to low-income schools, UW researchers find Teacher layoff reform bill dies in Legislature http://www.kplu.org/post/teacher-layoff-reform-bill-dies-legislature <p>A proposal to base teacher layoffs on performance - and not seniority - has died in the Washington legislature. The bill&#39;s demise is a victory for the state&rsquo;s teacher&#39;s union, but a frustrating defeat for some lawmakers.&nbsp;</p><p style="padding-bottom: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; font-family: inherit; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; border-left-width: 0px; font-weight: inherit; padding-top: 0px">Currently, when school districts reduce staff newer more junior teachers typically lose their jobs first. A bipartisan proposal in the Washington legislature would have changed that.</p><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:10:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 911 at http://www.kplu.org Tentative Contract for Seattle Teachers http://www.kplu.org/post/tentative-contract-seattle-teachers <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.seattleschools.org">Seattle School </a>officials and leaders of the district&rsquo;s teacher&rsquo;s union say they&rsquo;re putting the finishing touches on a tentative contract.&nbsp; In brief statements issued Monday evening, both sides say they hope to disclose details of the proposal Tuesday (this) afternoon. Until then, the sides agreed <strong>not</strong> to discuss information that&rsquo;s been hammered out at the negotiating table over the past two weeks.</p> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 19:31:06 +0000 29 at http://www.kplu.org Tentative Contract for Seattle Teachers