Teacher Empowerment

Innovative Tennessee teacher prep program aims to prepare a new breed of educators

In her 20s, Heather Fracker set her sights on becoming a respiratory therapist. But as John Lennon observed, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” Fast forward two decades, and Fracker, a 43-year-old single mom to two middle schoolers, is pursuing a new dream. In two years,[Read More…]

Make it easier for education entrepreneurs to thrive

Editor’s note: This commentary from Kerry McDonald, an education policy fellow at State Policy Network and senior education fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, appeared Friday on washingtonexaminer.com. Check back for a feature story about Tranquil Teachings Learning Center from reimaginED reporter Tom Jackson. When it comes to the[Read More…]

Special report: Why teachers are switching from public to private schools

Editor’s note: The Step Up For Students team of Ron Matus, Amy Stringer and Ronda Dry, as part of an ongoing effort to document the positive effects of education choice on educators as well as families, provide an overview in this post of their recent survey with 177 teachers who[Read More…]

Turning teachers into entrepreneurs

Editor’s note: James Shuls, an EdChoice fellow, distinguished fellow in education policy at the Show-Me Institute, and former dean of the College of Education at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, recently worked with Michael Q. McShane, director of national research for EdChoice, as an adviser on research conducted by Step[Read More…]

How a top teacher college is preparing educators for the future

Editor’s note: Today, reimaginED brings you the first in a three-part series on how the nation’s most innovative teaching colleges are preparing education majors to enter, and more important, stay in the field. We begin with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, ranked as the nation’s[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill on SB 48, which would further empower Florida families seeking education choice

On this episode, redefinED managing editor Donna Winchester asks Tuthill about a landmark education choice bill filed Thursday in the Florida Senate. Sponsored by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. (R-Hialeah), SB 48 would merge Florida’s five choice scholarship programs into two and add flexible spending options in the form of education[Read More…]

From public school teacher to rebel for educational choice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – First day of school. Pick-up time. As 375 giddy students clotted in The Foundation Academy  courtyard, Nadia Hionides, the K-12 school’s founder and principal, made the rounds. She asked returning students how their summers went. She asked the new ones if they made new friends yet. One[Read More…]

‘Historic’ private school conference kicks off in Lakeland

Lakeland, Fla. – More than 850 private school educators packed Victory Christian Academy this morning for a two-day conference featuring national speakers and workshops on teaching, learning and student assessment in Florida. The conference, organized by the state’s largest scholarship funding organization, draws its audience from educators whose schools participate[Read More…]