Organize The Team, Then Train The Teachers

Too often in the edtech world, people claim technology would have impact if only we paid for professional development alongside it.

New Charter Empowers Excellent Teachers for Strong Results

What do you get when you combine an experienced charter school leader with a new model that mixes multi-classroom leaders and blended learning in a high-need school?

A Response to Jay Greene

The idea of encouraging experimentation in the education sector makes sense, but teacher prep is currently the Wild West of higher education.

NCTQ Doesn’t Know What Works

With its rating of teacher prep programs, the National Council on Teacher Quality, has joined the “we know what works” chorus.

Charlotte’s Project L.I.F.T. Creates New Teaching Roles for More Pay

A new case study explains the steps taken to redesign four schools

Behind the Headline: Understanding NEA’s Current Membership Numbers

The National Education Association has roughly 3 million members, but it is tough to come up with an exact number.

To Lower Costs, Don’t Expect Professors to Lower Salaries

Those who fear that the emergence of technology will replace teachers have their worries misplaced.

A Reply to NCTQ’s Defense of its Rating System

We will not know much about teacher preparation effectiveness until we can link teacher training directly to student achievement.

Outcomes—the Holy Grail of Teacher Prep Evaluation?

NCTQ is an organization that garners pushback for our advocacy that teachers’ outcomes data should be considered in teacher evaluations, compensation and promotions, so it’s almost refreshing to find ourselves seemingly on the other side of things when it comes to measuring the impact of teacher preparation.

By Guest Bloggers Kate Walsh and Julie Greenberg    Blog, Editorial, Teachers and Teaching  

Salary Spiking Boosts Pensions, but Cripples Taxpayers

Spiking of final average salary is one factor among many that contributes to the underfunding of defined benefit pension systems in Missouri and in other states.

A Playbook for the Common Core'ites: Part I

I”ve long said that the Common Core strikes me as an intriguing effort that could do much good. The past couple weeks, I”ve been struck by how fragile the effort is starting to seem and how clumsily the Common Core”ites seem to be responding to challenges. In the spirit of public service, here”s some advice.

The Big Squeeze

Without immediate action, the pension funding problem will grow worse and school districts will eventually get crushed—meaning tomorrow’s children will pay the price for yesterday’s adult irresponsibility. State lawmakers need to step up to the plate.

Behind the Headline: Teacher Training's Low Grade

A new study by the National Council on Teacher Quality rates 1200 U.S. ed schools and generally finds them to be an "industry of mediocrity" that produces teachers who are poorly prepared to work in elementary and high-school classrooms.

The Common Core Conflation Syndrome: Standards & Curriculum

There is no Common Core curriculum, radical or otherwise.

Avoid The Hype: Online Learning's Transformational Potential

How — and how much — will online learning grow?

Poor Children Need a Hand Up, Not Hospice

Does the progressive vision of schooling work to help poor children gain the skills and knowledge and confidence and connections that will allow them to climb the ladder into the middle class?

Paid Student Teachers Enable Higher Teacher-Leader Pay

Why not enter the teaching profession by learning from the best, on the job, and getting paid for it?

What We’re Watching: Core Knowledge Curriculum in Action

The Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum, being piloted in elementary schools in New York City, gives students a broad base of background knowledge in addition to decoding skills.

By Education Next    Curriculum, Multimedia, Video  

Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive?

Analyzing blended learning through the lens of disruptive innovation theory will help people anticipate and plan for its likely effects on the classrooms of today and schools of tomorrow.

Teacher Benefits Are Eating Away at Salaries

Instead of hiring even more teachers or paying them more money, districts are devoting an increasing share of finite resources to employee benefits.

By the Company It Keeps: Tim Daly

An interview with Tim Daly, President of TNTP

What We Can Learn From A Dinner Controversy In The Desert

Will we still need teachers as digital learning rises?

Why Don’t Entrepreneurs And Learning Scientists Talk Much?

All too often, products and services in the education market are not informed by what we know about learning.

A Better Blend: Combine Digital Instruction with Great Teaching

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.

One Giant Leap for Teacher Development

I’m all but certain a number of states will take this report’s lessons to heart, and once again it will be said that TNTP influenced for the better our educator policies and practices.

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