Sunday, May 8, 2011
Appreciating Teachers, and Teacher Leadership
12:16 am edt
Last week was
Teacher Appreciation Week; a related organization promotes ways to recognize teachers year-round.
New York Times recently ran op-eds on teachers by Dave Eggers and Ninive Clements Calegari and by Marie Myung-Ok Lee, and featured a debate on the status of teachers, with commentary by teachers and others. Sam Dillon of the Times had written about a report and conference to elevate the teaching profession to where it belongs, as in countries including Canada (notably Ontario), Finland, Japan, and South Korea. Earlier,
Nicholas Kristof discussed teacher pay, after a debate about blame often misplaced on underrespected, undifferentiated teachers.
The report Sam Dillon mentioned– "What the U.S. Can Learn from the World's Most Successful Education Reform Efforts"– is informed by Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results. The related March 16-17
International Summit on the Teaching Profession drew also on PISA, for what the U.S. Department of Education called a “discussion about promising practices for recruiting,
preparing, developing, supporting, retaining, evaluating, and compensating world-class teachers. The summit
assembled education ministers, national union leaders and accomplished teachers from countries with high performing and rapidly
improving educational systems.”
U.S. Department of Education’s TEACH campaign is allied with the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award program mentioned in a March 27, 2011 post below.
Week – which also hosts various teachers' blogs – Stephen Sawchuk’s “Teacher Beat” has news on Teacher Leader Model Standards, from a consortium developing this site. Related sites include those of Teach Plus, the Center for Teaching Quality’s teacher leaders network, and the leadership institute of the former Teachers Network.
leadership has always been fundamental to the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute and the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools.
2011 national seminars began May 6 and 7; teachers participating as National Fellows will work together and as colleagues with Yale faculty members in the sciences
and the humanities for four months.
Philanthropic Examples, in the U.S. and Beyond
8:49 pm edt
An April New York
Times article addressed Give Smart, a book by Thomas Tierney and Joel Fleishman on “strategic philanthropy.”
In Joel Fleishman’s 2007 book The Foundation (PublicAffairs), he wrote in
the concluding sentences of his Epilogue, p. 280, in September 2006 (months after Warren Buffett’s June 2006 announcement
of his intention to donate his fortune to the Gates Foundation): “I am convinced that Warren Buffett has inspired
a whole new explosion in the world of philanthropy. As this Epilogue makes clear, he didn’t start the change; it was
under way for at least two decades before he announced his gift. ... What he has done, however, is to expand the horizons
of wealthy individuals in both America and elsewhere by proving that one can, if one wills, give away mountains
of hard-earned money to benefit others. By planting that seed in the minds of millions, Warren Buffett may succeed over the
long run in benefiting many more human beings than those whose lives will be improved by his own billions…”
April 2011 Times Magazine piece on "America's missionary impulse" referred to the recent trip to India by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. A March 2011 New York Times article cited Azim Premji, among other Indian entrepreneurs and philanthropists, in discussing efforts by Buffett and Gates to
encourage the giving away of great wealth. This is a cause they have also promoted in China, as well as in the U.S.
February 20, 2011 post below mentioned Azim Premji, education, and philanthropy in India.