Reform Agenda Gains Strength

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools higher grade than others do

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do

Do Piano Teachers Need to Know How to Play the Piano?

The Common Core standards will be a great challenge for America’s teachers. Our public schools are asking teachers to help students reach standards that are far above the standards that they have achieved themselves.

What Are the Right Schools of Experience for Teachers in New Schools?

As innovation increases in education in the years ahead, the way we prepare some teachers may need to change as well.

More Reasonable Responses to My WSJ Piece

There’s been a 50% increase in the teaching workforce, but we have not seen improved results. Some people try to explain this by blaming special education and English Language Learners, but they’re wrong.

Capturing the Dimensions of Effective Teaching

Student achievement gains, student surveys, and classroom observations

Student achievement gains, student surveys, and classroom observations

The Opportunity to Create More Champion Teachers

Far from replacing our teachers, a blended-learning environment holds the potential of making the job more accessible for more individuals. It provides the opportunity to create more champions.

By Guest Blogger Allison Akhnoukh    Blog, Editorial, Teachers and Teaching  

A New Type of Ed School

Linking candidate success to student success

Linking candidate success to student success

Teacher Evaluations Found to Improve Midcareer Effectiveness

When teachers in Cincinnati were evaluated rigorously, student performance on math tests improve

What We’re Watching: Teacher of the Year Gets Laid Off

Sacramento’s teacher of the year just lost her job as result of budget cuts in a district that mandates layoffs according to seniority, not performance.

By Education Next    School Spending, Teachers and Teaching, Video  

How to Push for Reform without Alienating Teachers

For all of its victories, the school reform movement finds itself in a pickle. To succeed in creating world-class schools and raising student achievement, it needs teachers to feel motivated, empowered, and inspired. And yet, many teachers are down in the dumps.

Financially Sustainable Career Paths for Teachers

New career paths for teachers send a clear, sustainable message that schools value teaching excellence and their great teachers’ positive impact on students, peers, and their profession.

What We’re Watching: Is Teaching an Art or a Science?

Dan Willingham discusses the science of teaching, and considers whether and how basic science can inform teaching.

By Education Next    Teachers and Teaching, Video  

Teaching the Teachers

Achievement Network offers support for data-driven instruction

Achievement Network offers support for data-driven instruction

Implications for Policy Are Not So Clear

Commentary on “Great Teaching:Measuring its effects on students’ future earnings” By Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman and Jonah E. Rockoff Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff have carried out a remarkable study, but I suspect it will be misinterpreted. The main contribution of their research is quantifying the importance of teaching. Specifically, the authors […]

By Douglas Harris    Blog, Teachers and Teaching  

Profound Implications for State Policy

If we are truly serious about improving student learning, we must think anew about teacher recruitment, placement, evaluation, professional development, retention, and separation.

By Chris Cerf and Peter Shulman    Blog, Teachers and Teaching  

More Evidence Would Be Welcome

Commentary on “Great Teaching:Measuring its effects on students’ future earnings” By Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman and Jonah E. Rockoff The new study by Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff  asks whether high-value-added teachers (i.e., teachers who raise student test scores) also have positive longer-term impacts on students, as reflected in college attendance, earnings, […]

By Dale Ballou    Blog, Teachers and Teaching  

Low-Performing Teachers Have High Costs

Chetty et al.’s evidence shows that bad teachers cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost income and productivity each year that they remain in the classroom. These costs are large enough that failing to address them is simply inexcusable.

By Eric A. Hanushek    Blog, Editorial, Teachers and Teaching  

Great Teaching

Measuring its effects on students' future earnings

Measuring its effects on students’ future earnings

What We’re Watching: Teacher Test Scores Go Public

Eric Hanushek talks with the Wall Street Journal about why teachers’ value-added scores should be made public.

Did the Chetty Teacher Effectiveness Study Use Data that are No Longer Relevant?

In a two steps forward, one step back dance worthy of Vladimir Lenin himself, the New York Times properly gave front-page coverage to the breathtaking new teacher effectiveness study by Raj Chetty and his colleagues, but then allowed Michael Winerip space to give teacher unions a denial opportunity.

By Paul E. Peterson    Blog, Editorial, Teachers and Teaching  

What We’re Watching: A Day in the Life of the National Online Teacher of the Year

Kristin Kipp teaches 11th and 12th grade English virtually from her home in Colorado.

By Education Next    Teachers and Teaching, Technology, Video  

Making Sense of the Whole “Are Teachers Overpaid?” Thing

I’m much more interested in the broader issue of how we can rethink the profession, make fuller use of talented teachers, and wisely spend the dollars we do have than in debating what the “right” wage level should be.

Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Digital Learning and Excellent Teachers Go Well Together

Rather than seeing a painful (and politically volatile) trade-off between technology and teachers, we propose that digital education needs excellent teachers and that a first-rate teaching profession needs digital education.

Studying Teacher Moves

A practitioner’s take on what is blocking the research teachers need

A practitioner’s take on what is blocking the research teachers need

Educators Answer Questions About the Flipped Classroom

I’ve received a number of questions and comments on my recent article, The Flipped Classroom. Most gratifying have been the rich exchanges in comment threads and on twitter, primarily from educators explaining their experiences, challenges, and discoveries from “flipping” their classrooms.

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