Making The Grade

Micah Everson shares his love for Latin - yes, the so-called dead language - with intercity teens. Photo by Annie Gilbertson.
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“What Is Good Teaching?” Series: May The Force Be With You

Inner city schools are tough places. In Jackson, Mississippi, only 60 percent of the kids make it out with a diploma, and far fewer leave ready for college work. But on occasion, a teacher can nurture a science scholar or even get a whole class to geek-out on grammar.

Birmingham High-Schoolers Take 1st Place At National Competition
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Birmingham High-Schoolers Take 1st Place At National Competition

Four Alabama High-Schoolers can call themselves National Academic Champions. The JV Scholar’s Bowl Team from The Altamont School in Birmingham recently took first place in the nation’s oldest national academic competition. Teams could choose to compete at 3 different locations: New Orleans, Chicago or Washington D.C.

Merrol Hyde Magnet School, Hendersonville,
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Four Tennessee Schools Ranked Among the Best in the Country

Four public high schools in Middle Tennessee lead the state and have Gold Medal status in the annual ranking of best high schools by U.S. News and World Report. Gold Medal schools are among the top 500 in preparing students for college. The overall rankings also considers student test scores and other factors.

Photo by Erica Lembo
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“What is Good Teaching?” Series: “Take One Initiative” Works Towards Better-Trained Teachers

Educators recently gathered at Minor High School in Alabama — a school where significant changes are taking place. The ultimate goal is to help every child succeed through better-trained teachers. The school district is already seeing a positive change after two years.

“What is Good Teaching?” Series: Ga. Teachers “Flip” Classrooms With Technology
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“What is Good Teaching?” Series: Ga. Teachers “Flip” Classrooms With Technology

Most teachers run their classrooms in a traditional way: lecture in class and then give homework for practice and reinforcement. But some Georgia teachers are turning things around and using technology to “flip” the classroom.

What Is Good Teaching? A Reporter Returns to School
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What Is Good Teaching? A Reporter Returns to School

Parents want good teachers for their children, and across the South, states are creating policies to make that happen. Tennessee is using new teacher evaluations. The Southern Education Desk’s Christine Jessel travels back in time for a personal look at the question at the heart of these controversial evaluations: What does a good teacher look like?

What constitutes good teaching?  (Flickr)
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“What Is Good Teaching?” Series Overview

For the past year, the Southern Education Desk has been reporting on the challenges facing education in the south. One core question that has surfaced over and over again is: What is good teaching? What are the elements and how is it accomplished? The answer is….well it’s complicated. This week, Southern Education Desk journalists from 5 states begin a series of reports that will seek to provide some answers.

Wyatt Smith explains exactly where the Mandarin teacher they're all listening to is at that moment (Bejing). Photo by Dan Carsen.
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Six Inner-City Students, One Teacher Aim for China

Lack of exposure to other kinds of people, languages, and ideas is a disadvantage for poor rural and urban students across the country. Inner-city Birmingham is no exception, but six high-school students here are hoping to become exceptional . Thanks to their hard work and the efforts of a first-year teacher, they’re planning to study in China this summer.