FL News Podcasts

TLI: Dropout Rates Threaten Educational Goals

03.22.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the growing problem of students dropping out and not graduating. The federal government has proposed a law that all students must stay in school until they’re 18, but will forcing them really work? What are the ...

TLI: 10 Reasons to Run For School Board

03.15.12 | Cecil Van Houten

In this Issues in Education segment, Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute talks with Cecil about reasons to run for the local school board, including the opportunities and challenges of bring Judeo-Christian values to the process. Learn more at www.teachingan...

TLI: Issues in Education - Reasons NOT to Run for School Board

03.08.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr and Cecil discuss some of the top reasons why you should NOT run for a school board position, including your temperment, ability to work with others, personal agendas and more. Read Ralph's blog at www.fln.org/media or learn more at www.teachingandlearninginstitute.org.

TLI: Ohio School Shooting Aftermath

03.01.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute and Cecil talk about the effects and concerns raised by the school shootings in Ohio earlier this week. Who is responsible? How involved should schools get in student’s personal lives? Where are the parents or responsible adults in the ...

TLI: A First Look at the New York State Teacher Evaluation System

02.23.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute and Cecil take a first look at the newly agreed-upon teacher evaluation procedure. They discuss the changes from the current system, anticipated results and some of the deficiencies that remain.

TLI: NYC Schools - Churches Fight School Worship Ban

02.16.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the current situation in New York City where the school board has ruled that churches may no longer rent facilities for worship services. An issue that has been in the courts since 1994, there is hope that a resolution ...

TLI: Quality Counts

02.09.12 | Cecil Van Houten

A new Education Week survey looks at schools across the country and ranks the states on things such as teacher compensation, classroom size, graduation rates and more. Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the results of the survey for New York and ...

TLI: NYS Proposed Budget - Pension Reform for NYS Teachers

02.02.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the pension reform aspect of the proposed New York State budget. The proposed changes for future government employees would save $3 billion per year.

TLI: NYS Proposed Budget - Teacher Evaluations Tied to Federal Aid

01.26.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr, President of the Teaching and Learning Institute (www.teachingandlearninginstitute.org) talks with Cecil about the difficulty of establishing a teacher/principal evaluation system that satisfies the state and federal requirements to gain federal and state aid but that is also ...

TLI: NYS Budget and How State Aid Will Affect Local School Districts

01.19.12 | Cecil Van Houten

Today Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute breaks down the state aid portion of Governor Cuomo’s budget which was released Tuesday. Ralph and Cecil discuss the possible outcomes for the 700 school districts across New York State. Future IIE segments will focus on other aspects ...

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