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Subject: Need help finding a book, or a search topic...
Date Posted: 5/5/2011 1:33 AM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2007
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Hello everyone,

I am a third year teacher who is realizing that most of my college education was spent learning the wrong stuff. I know waay too much about multiple intelligences, and Piaget, and the impact of SES on student achievement. 

On the other hand, I know absolutely nothing about what a typical teacher contract looks like, education law (nation and state), what common retirement and health ins. plans require, basically what rights teachers have and what I should expect from my state, governing board, admin, etc. 

Is there a book out there that can help. I don't even know the right search keywords to google. I would love to join a message board where I can just lurk and absorb info too! I'm seriously considering taking a ed. law class to bone up on some of this material. 

Please help!!! I know I work in a state that isn't exactly education friendly, but I feel too uninformed to really critique. 

Date Posted: 5/7/2011 3:07 PM ET
Member Since: 11/6/2005
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Sarah - I don't know that any of us feel like we live in an education-friendly environment, right now.  I know that for the first time in 36 years of teaching, I am not encouraging anyone to become a teacher.  

I don't know if you are a member of your union, but their website might have the answer to many of your questions.  It's possible you can access publications in position papers without logging in.  I am a member of the AFT/NEA.  If you go to their website www.aft.org there are many publications that might answer your questions or at least guide you in a google search.  You are very wise to learn all you can!

Date Posted: 4/4/2012 3:31 PM ET
Member Since: 2/18/2006
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I was going to suggest NEA.