What was your most difficult moment in teaching?

In a column in Education Week, blogger and California teacher Larry Ferlazzo asks educators to share their most difficult moments of teaching. Among those quoted is Minnesota’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Tom Rademacher, who writes about the day the mother of one of his students committed suicide. “The girl’s teachers became among the most important people in her life, but not as teachers. We were people, humans, who cared for her as a person.”

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Charlotte Danielson on Rethinking Teacher Evaluation – Education Week

“I’m deeply troubled by the transformation of teaching from a complex profession requiring nuanced judgment to the performance of certain behaviors that can be ticked off on a checklist,” writes Charlotte Danielson, author of a number of books, including Framework for Teaching. “In fact, I (and many others in the academic and policy communities) believe it’s time for a major rethinking of how we structure teacher evaluation to ensure that teachers, as professionals, can benefit from numerous opportunities to continually refine their craft.”

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WISELearn is online

The beginnings of WISELearn, the DPI’s emerging education portal for Wisconsin educators, are now available online. WISELearn’s goal is to give Wisconsin educators a place to find, submit, approve, and rate lesson ideas and other online resources, then share and discuss ways to use them with their professional learning communities around the state.

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The way we ought to rethink professional development

The cost of professional development for teachers is an estimated $2.6 billion at the federal level and some $8,000 – $12,000 per teacher in districts. Yet for many teachers, professional development has been an “empty exercise in compliance, one that falls short of its objectives and rarely improves professional practice,” writes Laurie Calvert (2010 Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow) in a new report from Learning Forward and NCTAF. She lays out seven steps district and school leaders can take to improve professional learning, starting with ensuring at least 50 percent teacher representation on planning and implementation teams.

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Veteran educators and educators-to-be celebrate the profession, learn and network at WEAC Professional Issues Conference

Some of Wisconsin’s best teachers and education support professionals joined dozens of future educators over the weekend to share their knowledge and insights at WEAC’s annual Professional Issues Conference in Wisconsin Dells. The conference featured sessions that ranged from classroom management to tools for helping students create and learn to creating Professional Development Plans, and much more.

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