What “The Cage-Busting Teacher” Means For School Reformers

Four ways for policymakers and reformers to create the conditions whereby cage-busting teachers can thrive

Why Can’t Politicians Get Out of Schooling?

The reason education policy today feels more invasive is because policymakers have been convinced that the old rules and regulations weren’t getting the job done.

We’re All Art Teachers

Don’t try to quantify its worth

Don’t try to quantify its worth

Education without Representation

As the diversity of students in our schools continues to grow, the arguments for policies meant to improve representation among teachers have more and more evidence to support them.

The Magic Pension Year

Teachers who perform well and want to teach beyond the prescribed plan retirement age shouldn’t be punished

Behind the Headline: Study: Teach For America’s Scale-Up Didn’t Harm Quality

An experimental study conducted by Mathematica has determined that new teachers who joined Teach for America during a period earlier this decade when the organization was rapidly expanding performed at a level similar to that of the teachers already working in the schools where they were assigned.

Creating A Sea Change To Improve Teacher Impact

We can provide more students with the teachers they need by leveraging online learning.

Behind the Headline: How to Ensure and Improve Teacher Quality

The New York Times’ Room for Debate page focuses on teacher quality this week.

Behind the Headline: Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

Eric Westervelt of nprED looks into why enrollment in teacher training programs seems to be dropping in many states.

Doug Lemov Reveals His Secrets

Doug Lemov’s work identifying what “champion” teachers do has been nothing short of transformational.

What We’re Listening To: Freakonomics Radio on America’s Education Problem

How much of the problem lies in our teaching, and what’s to be done about it?

Teachers Are Mobile and Need Portable Retirement Benefits

The median U.S. worker has less than five years of experience at his or her current job and teachers are no exception.

Behind the Headline: Teach For America Facing Recruitment Challenges

Teach for America has notified its partner districts that it is on track to train a smaller corps of teachers this year, possibly falling short of demand for its teachers by 25 percent.

Pension Theory Versus Pension Reality

In the fantasy world that the National Institute on Retirement Security has created, state pension plans do a bang-up job of delivering benefits to workers. That’s just not the reality of the world we live in.

Ed Next Book Club: Dana Goldstein on The Teacher Wars

Mike Petrilli interviews Dana Goldstein about her new book on teachers.

Implementing Teacher Evaluation in New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Education has produced a report on the status of its new teacher evaluation efforts.

A Better Path Than ‘Blowing Up’ Schools of Education

Given their steady revenues, credentialing authority, political relationships, and millions of alumni not much interested in major change, “blowing up” the existing schools of education is just not a viable option. It’s not even a desirable one.

Illinois Turns Its Back to the Future

A court ruling is potentially very problematic for new teachers and those who aren’t yet teaching.

The Teacher Equity Problem Is Real. The Proposed Solutions Are Not.

If teachers are the most-important in-school factor for student growth, we certainly don’t act like it.

Do Value-Added Estimates Identify Causal Effects of Teachers and Schools?

There is now substantial evidence that value-added estimates capture important information about the causal effects of teachers and schools

Teachers Would Prefer Cash

A common perception about how we pay public sector workers is fundamentally flawed.

School Reform, Philadelphia Style

On Monday, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission shocked the city by announcing that it would unilaterally cut health care benefits to city teachers rather than continue to negotiate with the teacher’s union.

Teach for America’s Retirement Gap

While most TFA teachers may not realize it, almost all are losing out on retirement benefits for their time in the classroom.

Ending Teacher Tenure Would Have Little Impact on its Own

Data from North Carolina suggest that principals are not using the four-year period before teachers qualify for tenure to identify and remove their lowest performers.

Unions Praise Social Security, But Like Pensions Even More

Public sector unions praise Social Security. Except they don’t want it for all of their workers.

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