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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

Behind the Headline: How To Build a Better Teacher: Groups Push a 9-Point Plan Called TeachStrong

A coalition of 40 education groups is launching a campaign called TeachStrong aimed at “modernizing and elevating” the teaching profession, reports Lyndsey Layton in the Washington Post.

If the Obama Administration Wants Fewer Tests, It Will Have to Give Up On Test-Based Teacher Evaluations

Either you can reduce testing, or you can continue to demand test-based teacher evaluations in all subjects. It’s one or the other.

“Deans for Impact” Group Aims to Reform Ed Schools From Within

Two dozen deans of education schools have come together to embrace empirical validation of teacher preparation methods and accountability for student learning.

Is It Really Possible That Professional Development Doesn’t Work?

What TNTP’s report “The Mirage” gets wrong on teacher development

Is It Really Possible That Professional Development Doesn’t Work? A Response to Andy Smarick

The root of the problem is our collective failure to even try to measure the impact professional development has on teacher performance in the first place.

Would Pension Plans Be Fine If They Were (Magically) Fully Funded?

Teachers suffer from low salaries while they work in exchange for the promise of better retirement savings when they leave, but for most teachers, that promise never becomes a reality.

Keep Your Yardsticks Off Teachers’ Careers, Unless . . .

… the results of teacher evaluations are used to give teachers better on-the-job training and meaningful opportunities for advancement.

Can Teachers Really Teach Anywhere?

Teachers are much more likely to move within a state than to cross state lines.

Digital Providers: Let Great Teachers Drive Technology Use, Get Results

What should we take away from News Corp.’s recent announcement that it is writing off losses stemming from its digital education wing Amplify?

Why Teachers Shouldn’t Grade Their Own Students

We put teachers in a tough spot, asking them to motivate their students to excel at learning and also asking them to give their students grades.

Behind the Headline: Charlotte, N.C. Gave Principals Power Over Teacher Layoffs. What Happened?

A new study looks at which teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina were laid off when principals had to reduce their teaching staffs due to budget shortfalls.

Teacher Shortage? Blame the Economy

A new study finds that when recessions hit, both men and women are less likely to want to become teachers and instead turn to fields like accounting and engineering.

Instead of Ineffective Professional Development, Try Redesigning Teacher Roles

TNTP’s new report The Mirage is appropriately gloomy on the overall state of professional learning nationwide, but change is already happening in some places.

Chicago Running Out of Options after Pension Reform Law Overturned

The judge’s ruling is a tough blow for the city’s finances and could worsen the situation for new and future workers, including teachers.

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