Evers says teachers should have greater voice in school decisions

State Superintendent Tony Evers says he wants to reinvigorate the teaching profession by providing teachers with a greater voice in decision making processes. “The issue of teachers is important, and a lot of it has to do with the way we treated the profession and portrayed the profession,” Evers said last week in a meeting with Sauk County Democrats, according to a report in the Baraboo News Republic. “We can fix that, and it’s free. Our politicians need to stop denigrating the profession.”

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Why are teachers calling it quits?

For some, it’s the pay. For others it’s the over-emphasis on testing and the inability to focus on true learning. But a common thread among those who leave the teaching profession is they feel disrespected and find that teaching has become a burden rather than a joy. In an article titled “What are the main reasons teachers call it quits?” NPR interviews four teachers, including Sergio Gonzalez, who taught in Madison but quit after Governor Walker and the Legislature passed Act 10, a law that left educators feeling alienated. “I knew that if I stuck around I was going to get bitter, and I was not going to be a good teacher,” Gonzalez says. “But I can’t emphasize enough how, ever since I was a kid, my goal was to be a public school teacher. And that opportunity seemed to be taken away from me.”

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New WEAC President wants to raise level of respect for the education professions

“We have to figure out ways to encourage people to go in the profession and bring people back to what is an admirable profession,” said Eau Claire teacher Ron Martin, who takes over as WEAC President August 1. He said it’s also important to lift up school support staff – paraprofessionals, bus drivers, secretaries, cooks and others – who are an extremely valuable part to everyday school life.

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Study confirms that teaching experience increases teacher effectiveness

A new analysis of research by the Learning Policy Institute verifies what many educators have long known: teaching experience is associated with student achievement gains. Based on a review of 30 studies published within the last 15 years, the authors find that as teachers gain experience throughout their careers, their students’ achievement gains increase. Although the steepest gains in effectiveness are in the first few years of teaching, this improvement continues in the second and often third decade of their careers, especially when they work in collegial work environments.

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