Focus Federal Investments to Give Every Student Access to Excellent Teachers

To transform America’s public education system, it’s all-hands-on-deck time.

Quick Thoughts on the Screwed Up DC IMPACT Ratings

Teacher evaluation systems are nascent and fragile. Proponents need to do everything they can to show that these will be fair, reliable, and workable.

Behind the Headline: Bumpy Start for Teacher Evaluation Program in New York Schools

The new teacher evaluation system that was rolled out in New York City this fall means a lot of extra work for principals and assistant principals.

Behind the Headline: Campaign Seeks to Recruit Top Students to Become Teachers

The U.S. Department of Education is partnering with the NEA, the AFT, Teach for America, Microsoft, and other organizations to launch a public service campaign aimed at attracting high-achieving college graduates to a career in teaching.

Recent Teacher Evaluation Reform Happenings

We’ve taken care of policy in lots of places but implementation is a major challenge

Great Teachers Can Teach More Students, Even Without Raising Class Sizes

In team-based models, schools add new paraprofessionals to teaching teams to do teachers’ administrative paperwork and oversee skill practice, project work, and digital instruction at school.

Using Blended Learning to Pay Teachers More

The power of blended learning—to let students learn individually paced basics online, so teachers can focus on personalized, enriched face-to-face instruction—can bring excellent teaching to more students, and enable all teachers to earn more.

Scalable Way for Middle and High Schools to Increase Teacher Pay, Planning Time

Middle and high school teachers who use blended learning and lead teaching teams can earn 20 to 67 percent more, within current budgets, and without class-size increases.

Gains in Teacher Quality

Academic capabilities of the U.S. teaching force are on the rise

Academic capabilities of the U.S. teaching force are on the rise

Climate Change and Value-Added: New Evidence Requires New Thinking

It is increasingly hard to sustain the argument that test-based measures have no role to play in teacher evaluations.

What Obamacare, ‘Supplemental Services,’ and Teacher Evaluations Have in Common

It brings me no pleasure to predict that the project to create rigorous teacher evaluations by fiat is likely to fail.

Uncle Sam Shouldn’t Try to Manage School Staffing

The desire to more evenly distribute effective teachers is laudable, but the feds should take care not to accidentally undermine successful schools, compromise teacher effectiveness, or drive good teachers from the profession.

The Impact of IMPACT

IMPACT is an educator-evaluation system that provides the necessary tools for teachers to improve

All or Nothing on Teacher Accountability

Either policymakers need to combine evaluation systems with reforms that make it plausible to fire ineffective employees, or they shouldn’t bother with high stakes at all.

Lessons in Cyberspace

Teachers adapt what they find to what their students need

Teachers adapt what they find to what their students need

Rocketship Education Brings Tech Closer to Teachers

Rocketship leaders will fix a disconnect they see between what happens in the online learning lab and the classroom, to give teachers more control over the students’ digital learning and further individualize the teaching.

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.

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