TQB: Teacher Quality Bulletin Newsletter
Teacher evals go hand-in-hand with several other key teacher policies. In a new paper released yesterday, NCTQ takes a closer look at the state of the states on teacher evaluations.
When Bill Keller of the NY Times wrote an incisive op-ed on teacher prep, readers flocked to circulate his article while pumpkin pie recipes and kitten videos languished in neglected in-boxes. Teacher prep is trending and its no surprise why as districts across the nation look to fill their classrooms with classroom-ready teachers.
Follow the link to weigh-in on the usability of our teacher contract database. Filled with all kinds of interesting information on districts' teacher contracts, the database is a treasure trove. Let us know your ideas for improvement so that you can get the most out of our data.
Too frequently, teachers and policy makers alike end up with pinwheel eyes when trying to bridge that communication gap. "Teacher talk" and policy language just don't mix but it's important to keep both parties involved in reform conversations.
If you had a magic wand, what structures would you place in every school? What would the teaching career look like? Staff dynamics? The National Network of State Teachers of the Year put together a white paper, "Re-imagining Teaching," with the five critical structures they'd like to see.
While the acronym for our new Teacher Advisory Group might be reminiscent of playground days, this team is not playing around when it comes to ensuring NCTQ work is grounded in classroom realities. From hosting student teachers to having peers observe and critique lessons, the TAG discussions revealed some interesting commonalities across the group.
Trying to get sleepy HS students to focus during a first period class is pretty much equivalent to moving mountains. Montgomery County Schools in MD however, is proposing to give those groggy teens more zzz's without starting a domino effect of adjusting bus schedules, lunch schedules, and sports practices. Check out the story to see if this approach could work in your district.
The District of Columbia Public Schools is giving its teachers a pat on the back and a big check -- up to $25,000-- for ranking in the top echelons of classroom effectiveness. Results show that the new eval system, IMPACT, is making waves with two key teacher groups.
Two recent papers on student sorting take a look at how academic achievement can soar when students are grouped by test scores. But don't stop there. When estimating value-added measures, assume such sorting is common practice and explicitly model for it.
It may take more than just a plate of cookies and a welcome card to make people feel comfortable in a workplace setting. Research finds that black male teachers stick around a school a lot longer when there are other black men to provide support.
When our district team recently took a close look at five big-city teacher contracts, they found some interesting developments which may reflect wider trends across the country. Take a look at the round-up and see if these trends align with what's going on in your neck of the woods.
New research looking at elementary and middle school math teacher prep adds to the growing pile of evidence pointing to a need for reform in teacher prep to keep up with our international peers--and Botswana.
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We know China, Greece and Turkey aren't giving their teachers fancy new cars in an effort to raise the social status of the profession... but what ARE they doing? An international study finds that the three countries hold the profession in a much higher regard than most other nation, and salary has nothing to do with it.
It's Halloween and evaluating teacher prep programs is devilishly tricky business. The National Academy of Education's report, Evaluation of Teacher Preparation Programs poses seven questions but, mysteriously, leaves no trace of answers.
Trust is the underlying factor keeping Chicago's teacher evaluation system from garnering support from the CTU. While many teachers argue the new system relays too heavily on standardized tests, most agree the evaluation results were accurate and encouraged professional development. So what's still needed? Trust.
State of the States 2013 Connecting the Dots: Using Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness to Inform Policy and Practice
This report provides a detailed and up-to-date lay of the land on teacher evaluation policies across the 50 states and DCPS. It also offers a more in-depth look at the states with the most ambitious teacher evaluation systems, including their efforts to connect teacher evaluation to other policy areas. In addition, it includes some advice and lessons learned from states' early experiences on the road to improving teacher evaluation systems.
The first edition of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review is an unprecedented evaluation of more than 1,100 colleges and universities that prepare elementary and secondary teachers. As a consumer tool, it allows aspiring teachers, parents and school districts to compare programs and determine which are doing the best -- and worst -- job of training new teachers.