Pension Incentives and Teacher Retention

In St. Louis, a substantial boost to pension benefits did not boost teacher retention.

No College Left Behind?

Higher education reform increasingly feels like a rerun of the past two decades of K-12 reform—only on a 15 year time delay.

What We’re Watching: Sara Goldrick-Rab on The Daily Show

Sara Goldrick-Rab was a guest on The Daily Show this week to talk about her new book, Paying the Price, about the cost of higher education, our current system of financial aid, and some strategies for cutting costs.

Virtual Reality Digs Into Brick-and-Mortar Schools

As the hype around virtual reality in education swells, new developments show that the movement may have some staying power this time around.

There’s A Huge Flaw in the ‘Teacher Shortage’ Data

Earlier this month the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) released a report with the worrying title, “A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.”

Technology’s Unmet Progressive Promise

Maybe today’s technology can finally make a progressive teaching approach more doable for teachers and students in more classrooms.

Getting Past the Broken “Teachers vs. Technology” Debate

Rather than seeing technology as either a threat to or poor substitute for teachers, we need to determine how best to use technology to enhance teachers’ capabilities.

Hiring Teachers After the School Year Starts Harms Students

Somewhere between 10 and 30 percent of all new teachers are hired after the school year begins.

Beware the Iconography Trap of Personalized Learning: Rigor Matters

Personalized learning will not help students if they are working with content that is below their capacity.

Can Special Ed Be Fixed?

Everybody is scared to touch special education, much less fundamentally alter it.

Tackle Teacher Shortages with Online Learning

Online learning allows educators to reach students from anywhere in the country and experts to supplement traditional teaching,

What We’re Watching: Match Charter School Shares Its Curriculum

Match Charter School, a high-performing preK-12 school in Boston, is making its curriculum available to teachers everywhere through Match Fishtank.

What Does it Mean to ‘Raise the Bar’ for Entry Into the Teaching Profession?

Policymakers have few useful tools to screen out “bad” teachers from the profession. The current screening tools are doing little more than unnecessarily limiting the supply of new teachers.

A Strong Case for a Knowledge-Centric Curriculum

Why Knowledge Matters, E. D. Hirsch, Jr.’s fifth book on education, is as important as his first.

As Google Steals its Education Thunder, What Can Microsoft Do?

It would be great to see Microsoft focus on three things that will transform our education system into a more student-centered one.

The Many Ways Teacher Diversity May Benefit Students

At least three distinct theories have been proposed about how moving away from a majority-white teacher workforce would be beneficial for students of color.

The Wrong and Right Ways to Ensure Equity in IDEA

Are U.S. schools over-identifying children for special ed based on their race or ethnicity? The best-available studies find that the opposite is occurring.

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Should Civic Education Emphasize Diversity or What We Have in Common?

The key to creating conditions that sincerely celebrate diversity may lie in focusing the attention of our children on what makes us one country.

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.

The Promise and Pitfalls of Virtual Charter Schools

A forum by Tom Vander Ark and Greg Richmond

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.

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