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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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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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Making Houston More Bike Friendly: Tuesday’s Show (July 7, 2015)

Posted on · A couple weeks back, cyclists staged a “die-in” outside Houston’s City Hall, to send a message to the City Council that cyclists need safer roads and that motorists need to be held accountable for bike-related accidents, especially in light of four bicycle-related fatalities that occurred over a recent three-week period. The demonstration outside City Hall […]

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What Happens When a Married Couple Gives Up Their Jobs and Become Teachers?

Posted on · What happens when a husband and wife give up their separate careers and become teachers in the same school district? One Houston couple did just that. In the latest installment of the series “Inside the Classroom,” Houston’ Public Media’s education reporter, Laura Isensee, brings us the story of Ryan and Christina Beeler. Ryan gave up his […]

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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 training […]

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Think Your Job is Stressful? Try Being a Middle School Teacher

Posted on · This month, NPR has been examining stress – at work, at home, its impact on health and wellness, and more. It’s a topic that Houston-based researchers have been examining in various ways in recent years. One such study examines how stress affects middle school teachers in Houston. We learn more.