Emily Ayscue Hassel
How to bring schools from the brink of doom to stellar success
Why Can’t Our Schools Acknowledge Them?
How can schools redesign jobs and use technology to reach more students with excellent teachers? And how can they offer teachers more pay, within budget?
Why not enter the teaching profession by learning from the best, on the job, and getting paid for it?
Today’s blended models will likely fall short unless they include excellent teachers playing instructional and team leadership roles that maximize technology’s impact in tandem with their own.
A year ago, Public Impact began working with school design teams of pilot schools to choose and tailor school models for extending the reach of excellent teachers to more students.
It’s a big mistake to position technology as a way to replace teachers.
If you are a teacher who helps students learn exceptionally well, this is your moment.
With all the buzz about the District Race to the Top and jockeying to fit it into differing agendas, you might miss its simple premise.
Schools could free funds to pay excellent teachers in teaching roles up to 40 percent more and teacher-leaders up to about 130 percent more, within current budgets and without increasing class sizes.
As more schools use technology and new staffing models to reach more students with personalized learning and excellent teachers, how will evaluation systems keep up?
New career paths for teachers send a clear, sustainable message that schools value teaching excellence and their great teachers’ positive impact on students, peers, and their profession.
Everybody loves a good infographic and we hope this one will change how you view education reform efforts.
We can all debate the relative importance of various education reforms, but one is little disputed: Excellent teachers produce more learning progress than other teachers, and they move kids on to higher-order learning.
Rather than seeing a painful (and politically volatile) trade-off between technology and teachers, we propose that digital education needs excellent teachers and that a first-rate teaching profession needs digital education.
A number of forward looking cities have set aside contentious debates about charter schools, and have instead chosen to embrace high-quality charter schools in their reform strategies. This is a welcome development for students stuck in underperforming schools. But these city-based movements are not without challenges.
Here’s the problem: even if our nation fully implemented most of the recommended legislation in the next decade, we still would be far behind other nations that made bolder changes years ago. In contrast, of course, many conservatives want to leave education up to state legislators, on whose watch K-12 education has plateaued and declined.
In the digital future, teacher effectiveness may matter even more than it does today.
Potentially thousands of leaders capable of managing successful school turnarounds work outside education, in nonprofit and health organizations, the military, and the private sector.
Rick Hess was right to question the simplistic hyping of Khan Academy’s online video lectures. But we think he’s only got it half-right: it’s less a matter of OVER-hyping than MIS-hyping the true potential of what Khan is doing
Could redesigned tenure actually help grow the size and power of an elite teaching corps that reaches far more children with high-progress learning?
The top 10 percent of charter schools in the U.S. serve 167,000 children annually. If just this elite subset of charter schools grew at the 40 percent rate we see in other sectors, they could serve some 26 million students every year by 2025. Even if only half of the nation’s best charter operators grew that quickly, they could collectively serve every low-income child in American in 15 years.
Instead of just trying to recruit more great teachers, what if schools chose to reach more children with the great teachers they already have?
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