FL News Podcasts

TLI: The Spirit of Giving

12.22.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching & Learning Institute and Cecil do an end-of-the-year wrap-up of the big issues in education in 2011 and talk about the spirit of giving that permeates the holiday season.

TLI: Pants on the Ground

12.15.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Ralph Kerr, President of the Teaching & Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the manner in which one school district is dealing with the issue of baggy, saggy pants. Does it matter how students dress? What are the issues involved?

TLI: Family First Program in Public Schools Brings Families Closer Together

12.08.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss an in-school program to increase parental involvement that was started by Tony Dungy and his wife called Family First. Because of their recent partnership with the national PTA organization, many chapters are being formed across New York and Pennsylvania in secondary and ...

TLI: Christmas Programs in Public Schools

12.01.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil review the issues that frequently arise this time of year in public schools with Christmas and holiday programs. Examples are given and several guidelines are offered for parents. They also offer suggestions on how to thank the music people in your school for including ...

TLI: Teachers Aren't Underpaid After All

11.17.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss the myth that public school teachers are underpaid. While that may have been true in the past, today's teacher ranks higher than their private sector counterparts in terms of salary, fringe benefits and job security.

TLI: A Way to Reduce School District Debt

11.10.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss new financing options that may allow school districts to reduce debt on outstanding bonds by refinancing them at a lower interest rate, saving millions of dollars.

TLI: Thinking of Running for School Board?

11.03.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil review the basics for people considering running for school board next year, including community involvement, motivation, goals and more.

TLI: Looking for a Teaching Job?

10.27.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss the new Money magazine report indicating that there will be over 2 million jobs for teachers in the next few years. Find out what areas of study and areas of the country are the hottest.

TLI: Negotiating with the Teacher's Union

10.20.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss recent negotiations between one of the largest unions in NYS and what the implications are for future negotiations with the teacher's unions.

TLI: Last In, First Out

10.06.11 | Cecil Van Houten

Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss the policy of “last in, first out” in New York and Pennsylvania, which often allows teachers with more tenure to remain when budgets need to be cut, even though their performance may be substandard compared with newer teachers who are hired and who are the first to ...

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