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A Look At Bilingual Education in Houston

Posted on · The Texas Association for Bilingual Education is hosting its annual conference this week (Oct. 19-22) in Galveston. TABE’s mission is to promote the implementation of educational policies and effective bilingual-bi-cultural programs that promote equal educational opportunity for bilingual and ESL students. It’s the largest bilingual education conference in Texas, and organizers expect more than 1,500 […]

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The Challenges of Teaching Harris County’s Special Populations

Posted on · The Harris County Department of Education recently hired Darlene Breaux as its new director of special populations for their teaching and learning center. “Special populations” is a term that covers a range of different needs students have. It can be kids for whom English is a second language, children with dyslexia, those who are gifted and talented, kids […]

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Opting Out of the STAAR Test: What Are the Consequences?

Posted on · HISD says students who miss the STAAR test this year because their parents choose to have them opt out will not be disciplined. Nevertheless, will a growing opt-out movement make any difference in the purpose, value and impact of the annual standardized test? To find out, Paige Phelps talked with school psychologist Sarah Becker and […]

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The State of Houston’s Education in 2016

Posted on · Today, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in education, with News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee.

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Adjunct Professors: Are Colleges Getting By on Cheap Labor?

Posted on · If you went to college, chances are good you had at least one adjunct professor. Maybe you took a business class with an adjunct who was a full-time professional — or a media class with a reporter at the lectern. The idea with adjuncts is often to bring real-world experience to learning. But now some say […]

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Is Alternative Teaching Certification a Shortcut That Doesn’t Pay Off?

Posted on · Twenty years ago, a new, shorter route to receiving teaching certification was formed: ACP, or Alternative Certification Programs. Many factors can make ACP a worthwhile route for those thinking of jumping into teaching — from the length of time a program takes to whether it’s online or in-person. And with layoffs hitting Houston, there are probably more than a few […]

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Grier’s Only Regret as Superintendent: Not Pushing Harder for Change

Posted on · Monday (Feb. 29, 2016), Terry Grier completed his final day as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. With nearly seven years at the helm of the nation’s seventh-largest school district, Grier’s tenure has drawn mixed reviews. He announced last September that he would resign before his contract his is up in June. Deputy Superintendent and […]

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What Makes a Great Teacher?

Posted on · The website Niche has published its rankings of the Houston metro area high schools with the best teachers. But how do you evaluate such a thing? What makes a teacher great? We talk with Mark Tressler, vice president of product for Niche about how the site established its evaluation. Then, we turn to a parent, a teacher’s union […]

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New Law Will Bring Cameras to Some Special Ed Classrooms

Posted on · There’s a new law in Texas that requires school districts – when asked to by a parent or other individuals – to record video and audio inside classrooms that are used primarily for special education. The law wont be implemented until the start of the 2016-2017 school year this fall. Some think the law will […]

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Do Coaches Make the Cut as Teachers?

Posted on · There’s this old saw — a stereotype, really — that denigrates educators, especially coaches. In essence: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, coach.” A Rice University sociology professor and his colleagues decided to put this concept to the test, to learn just how effective teachers who also coach are […]