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Alternative Professional Development: The Good, the Bad, and the Better

Rae Pica with George Siemens, Sheryl Nussbaum Beach, Lyn Hilt

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New thinking and new approaches to professional development are gaining popularity among educators. Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is one of these new ways to do PD. In this segment we explore the pros and cons (mostly pros) of developing a PLN for professional development.

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Surviving and Thriving on a Teacher's Salary

Rae Pica with Danny Kofke, Judy Lawrence, Joan Young, Susan Ochshorn

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There's something wrong when teachers are qualifying for food stamps, forced to work second jobs to make ends meet, and foregoing vacations. Surviving on a teacher's salary is tough, but our guests say you can actually live well on what teachers earn. Find out how.

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Surviving the Perils and Challenges of Grading

Rae Pica with Ken O'Connor, John Tierney, Jerry Blumengarten, Josh Stumpenhorst

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Teachers can find grading students' tests and papers time-consuming, painful, and stressful. The prospect of your grades being challenged by students and parents adds to the angst. Today our guests talk openly about the perils and challenges of grading and how to reduce the stress and better manage the process.

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Boycotting Standardized Tests: Good Idea? Will It Make a Difference?

Rae Pica with Jesse Hagopian, Celine Coggins, Patrick Riccards

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The national discussion of standardized testing was ratcheted up a notch when five schools in Seattle voted to boycott a standard test. In this segment we interview one of the leaders of the boycott and get some views on what impact, if any, this strategy will likely have on the practice of testing.

Feature Commentary: A minute with Diane Ravitch

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Managing the Hidden Differences in Your Classroom

Rae Pica with Eileen Kugler, Lisa King, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Peter DeWitt

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Student bodies have changed in dramatic ways. There are more differences in your classroom than ever, but many of these differences are below the surface. Children alternating between divorced parents, children of single parents, children in blended families, children with LGBT parents, children from homeless families, and military families all bring a different set of issues into your classroom. What do you need to know to manage these new classroom dynamics?

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