Tag: teaching

Baltimore Art Teacher Among Four Finalists for National Teacher of the Year

Courtesy Maryland Public Schools/Twitter

One Baltimore high school art instructor is carrying on Maryland’s legacy of having inspiring, nationally recognized teachers.

It’s Open House Season for Independent Schools



We’re well into fall and that means it’s time for local independent schools to open their doors for their annual open houses.  Click here to read about what local independent schools have to offer, see open house dates, and find out what you need to know to make the best independent school choice.

Baltimore Fishbowl Publishes “Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools”



The Baltimore Fishbowl has jumped into print with the publication this week of the “Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools.”

Longtime Educator Will Head Henderson-Hopkins School



Tracy Foster has been principal of DC’s Randle Highlands Elementary School for the past 5 years; starting next year, she’ll be executive director of the Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore.

How to Change People’s Lives

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Tom Gleason

I heard over the holidays that my college advisor, a Russian History professor named Abbott Gleason, known as Tom, died on Christmas Day after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. The fact that I took even a single history course in college, much less ended up a history major, was completely this man’s doing.

Breaking Bad’s Walter White Was a Terrible Teacher, JHU Prof Says


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Walter White, the lead character in AMC’s recently-ended Breaking Bad, did a lot of nasty things. He used his chemistry skills to make highly addictive drugs, lied to friends and family, and murdered people. But according to one Johns Hopkins political scientist, his real crime was that he was a terrible teacher.

This Guy Seriously Is the Teacher of the Year



Sean McComb – Teacher of the Year

Teachers don’t get paid a whole lot of money, which is one reason it’s awesome that the person Maryland chooses to recognize as “teacher of the year” gets a check for $10,000. Many of us would take that money to buy a car, or pay off student loans, or just go out to many really, really nice dinners. But this year’s top teacher did something much more inspiring with his prize money.

National Expert to Discuss the Benefits of an All-Girls Education


The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) is hosting on Sunday, April 6 a free event for Baltimore area prospective families to learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. Participating NCGS member schools include:

Baltimore Leadership School for Young WomenBryn Mawr SchoolGarrison Forest SchoolLillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School, Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityOldfields SchoolRoland Park Country SchoolSt. Paul’s School for Girls and St. Timothy’s School.

On Leadership: Should Technology Reinvent the Classroom?

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Newt Fowler

Courtesy Citybizlist – There’s growing interest in education technology companies in the region. These companies are taking on an industry that hasn’t changed in decades: students of varying aptitudes, learning styles and interests show up in the same classroom to be instructed on the same stuff at the same time. Periodically they are tested and success measured the same way. Kids are rewarded by avoiding mistakes. Surely technology can make these processes more efficient, but the question begged is whether technology can help reinvent our classrooms.

It’s Good to Work for UMBC — And Bad to Work for Pretty Much Any Other College



The happy way to spin this is that UMBC is the 13th best college to work for, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Which is great! But the underlying message here is that most colleges are kinda terrible places to work for, at least for temporary adjunct appointees. The low pay, lack of benefits, and general overwork of adjuncts has gotten so bad that the IRS has stepped in — and you know things are dire when the IRS suddenly seems heroic — to warn colleges that they need to figure out a better system. Because the current one doesn’t just hurt adjuncts; it hurts faculty and students, too.