General Interest


Stacy Hoeflich, National History Teacher of the Year

Welcome to our Masters in Education series! Check back each week for another profile of an expert educator.  For the last 13 years, Stacy Hoeflich has taught fourth grade history at Alexandria’s John Adams Elementary School in Virginia. Hoeflich said she was practically born into the classroom; both her mother and sister teach, and long before she […]

CBEST: The California Basic Educational Skills Test

If you plan on teaching in California (or possibly Oregon), you may need to take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). This standardized test measures competency in reading, mathematics and writing skills that are fundamental requirements to be a teacher. Effectively, the CBEST serves the same function as the Praxis II exam does in […]

TED Ed Launches

TED is a nonprofit organization that has been promoting what it calls “Ideas Worth Spreading” since 1984. The initials stand for Technology, Entertainment and Design, but the organization does not limit itself to working in those three areas. Best known for the two annual TED conferences and the TED Talks website, all of which provide […]

The Pros and Cons of Alternative Teacher Certification

If you feel passionate about the knowledge you have gained through studying or working in an area other than education, and you would like to share that knowledge with the next generation, alternative certification could be your route to the classroom. Alternative teacher certification programs began to proliferate in the 1980s as a response to […]

Michelle Shearer, 2011 Teacher of the Year

Welcome to our Masters in Education series! Check back each week for another profile of an expert educator.  The Council of Chief State School Officers selected Michelle Shearer as the National Teacher of the Year for 2011. Shearer attended Graduate Programs in Education at Walden University, McDaniel College and Gallaudet University. She teaches Advanced Placement chemistry at […]

The Fallout from New York’s Teacher Ratings

Controversy erupted in February after the New York City Department of Education published ratings of 18,000 public school teachers. The ratings have been criticized as inaccurate, and even the team who designed the system recommended against making the data public. New York City teachers and administrators have argued that publishing the ratings has damaged morale, […]