Teacher Pension Systems Are Incompatible with Efforts to Improve the Teaching Profession

Colorado has done the right thing in making the teaching profession at least somewhat contingent on performance. The state should create a retirement system that matches that expectation.

Why New Technologies Often Don’t Help Students

Breakthrough innovations come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old processes.

The Illinois Teacher Labor Market Is Incredibly Fragmented

The fragmented teacher labor market has implications for how we think about improving teacher preparation, not to mention how school districts go about hiring new teachers.

Are Teacher Salaries Flat Because of Changing Workforce Demographics?

The shift from a veteran-dominated profession to one more heavily tilted toward newcomers implications for calculating average teacher salaries.

Cultural Literacy in the Age of the Hashtag

Last month, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, the hashtag ‪#‎BeckyWithTheBadGrades began trending on Twitter.

Retirement Plans Don’t Affect Teachers Until Teachers Are Ready to Retire

Advocates of today’s defined benefit teacher pension plans claim that these plans encourage workers to stick around and devote their lives to the profession, but there’s not much evidence that this is the case.

Why Teachers Need Portable Benefits

Traditional pension benefits aren’t portable. When a teacher moves to a new state, her previous service years don’t automatically rollover for free. Instead, she starts back at zero.

High School of the Future

Cutting-edge model capitalizes on blended learning to take personalization further

Cutting-edge model capitalizes on blended learning to take personalization further

Blended Learning Can Enable Teachers to Focus on Cognitive Skills

An interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher of AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma

Using Blended Learning to Design Schools that Motivate Students

An excerpt from "Blended" by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker

An excerpt from “Blended” by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker

Some New Teacher Evaluation Systems Do Make a Difference

The new generation of teacher evaluations have the potential to strengthen instruction, make teaching more attractive work, and raise student achievement on a wide scale—if states and school districts stay the course on reform.

How To Create Accountability Systems that Build Knowledge and Increase Reading Ability

Accountability plans must ensure that every student gets the broad knowledge and vocabulary that remain the unacknowledged drivers of language proficiency

Beware of Taking Flexibility a Step Too Far

Most families have not embraced full-time online virtual learning as an answer to their particular circumstances or values.

The Case for a Broader Approach to Education

A broader education, including the arts, may be essential for later success in math and reading as well as the proper development of civic values and character skills,

When Fancy New Teacher-Evaluation Systems Don’t Make a Difference

A new study looks at teacher evaluation results in 19 states that have adopted new evaluation systems since 2009.

Blending Learning From the Top Down or the Ground Up?

Our Blended Learning Universe school directory features more than 300 profiles of schools. We’re hoping that the directory can offer guidance to states and districts by illustrating what is happening on the ground inside actual schools.

Will the Decline of AP Course Offerings Spur the Rise of Course Access?

If we believe that the school you attend should not determine the limits of the courses you can take, then states, rather than individual schools, must step in to ensure that all students can benefit from innovations in online learning to access coursework.

How Should We Spend $4 Billion on Computer Science Education?

This week, President Obama announced that he would call for a $4 billion dollar commitment in his 2017 budget to bring computer science education to K-12 schools nationwide.

In Schools, Teacher Quality Matters Most

Today’s research reinforces Coleman’s findings

Today’s research reinforces Coleman’s findings

Can We Predict Who Will Be a Great Teacher? An Interview with Allison Atteberry

How much do we know about a teacher before they enter the classroom? What about after they’ve been teaching a few years? Is any of this information strong enough to act on?

Star Wars and Education Reform

In both the movie and the school reform world, advocates of modernity can be snootily proud of their creations and dismissive of the tools of older generations.

Bullish on Blended-Learning Clusters

An increasing number of regions are trying to create concentrated groups of blended-learning schools alongside education technology companies

ESEA and the Return of a Well-Rounded Curriculum

The sooner schools see building knowledge across the curriculum as Job One in strengthening reading comprehension, the better.

Hillary Clinton Should Listen to Her Friend Raj Chetty on Teacher Effectiveness

She could learn about his work linking value-added measurement (VAM) scores of teachers to their students’ long-term life outcomes

Time’s Up: Full-Time Virtual Charter Schools Must Become Transparent Together

The full-time virtual charter schools that care about quality need to band together and create a membership organization and take responsibility for their industry’s results.

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