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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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From Reduced Testing to Teacher Bonuses: What Changes Are in Store for HISD?

Posted on · In the past few weeks, the Houston Independent School District's administration has announced some planned changes, including scaling back student testing next year. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier also initially proposed to end the district's controversial performance bonus system, but he went back on that proposal earlier this week. Next week, the HISD board will review […]

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Study Indicates Teacher Training Important for Quality Pre-K

Posted on · A Houston-based nonprofit education program recently published a year-long study looking at an early literacy teacher training program. Neuhaus Education Center’s project focused on workshops for HISD teachers in order to improve classroom instruction. Marybeth Flachbart, President & CEO of Neuhaus Education Center, tells us more about what the study says regarding the importance of […]

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What’s the Link Between Teacher Expectations and Student Performance?

Posted on · A recent study from the Center for American Progress examines the relationship between expectations and achievement in education. We discuss that relationship with Dr. H. Jerome Freiberg. He's a John & Rebecca Moores University Professor in the College of Education at the University of Houston, and the director and founder of Consistency Management & Cooperative […]

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What are Houston Schools Doing to Attract More Bilingual Teachers?

Posted on · Schools districts around the Greater Houston area say they're struggling to hire and keep enough bilingual teachers for their classrooms. Some districts are using incentives and other strategies to attract bilingual educators. We hear about their efforts. We hear from Dr. Patricia Morales, Bilingual Specialist with the Harris County Department of Education, and Dr. Robin […]

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Domestic Violence, Bilingual Teachers, and the Delanos: Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Posted on · This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Violence Against Women Act. The occasion comes the same week Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL following the surfacing of a second video showing him hitting his wife Janay (they were not married at the time of the […]

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HISD Superintendent Terry Grier Answers Your Questions

Posted on · For the last five years, Terry Grier has served as the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest public school district in the nation, and the largest in Texas. In advance of a new school year, we welcome your questions for Superintendent Grier about public education in Houston. While we’ll discuss a […]