Teacher Pay: When baby steps just aren’t enough

Teacher Pay: When baby steps just aren’t enough

If we want to increase the number of teachers who believe that the teaching profession is valued by society from...

Inequities in the classroom: When the only thing missing is the will to act

Inequities in the classroom: When the only thing missing is the will to act

In spite of a federal law requiring states to take action to ameliorate the inequitable distribution of teacher talent, many...

The high price of putting our heads in the sand

The high price of putting our heads in the sand

I know teacher evaluation is now considered toxic, but I've never been one to shy away from tilting at windmills.

Life lessons from a trip to the hospital

Life lessons from a trip to the hospital

No matter how much I am inclined to trust someone else's expertise, I need to be my own best advocate.

Why the big yawn?

Why the big yawn?

There's a big push in many states and among the edu-policy crowd to do away teacher licensing tests.

An open letter to all who care about making sure every child in America learns to read

An open letter to all who care about making sure every child in America learns to read

As our nation embarks upon a new year, we must acknowledge a sobering reality…

Fretting about good research

Fretting about good research

Angela Duckworth caught our collective imagination a few years ago when she put forward the notion that grit is a greater contributor...

Ponderings on black beans, teacher quality, and the ghosts of Christmas future

Ponderings on black beans, teacher quality, and the ghosts of Christmas future

My enthusiasm for new diets is a source of great amusement to my kids, surpassed only by my ability to...

Teacher pay matters. So does pay policy

Teacher pay matters. So does pay policy

Pay matters. The importance of pay generally isn't disputed, except when it comes to teachers.

Because you probably haven’t been paying attention…

Because you probably haven’t been paying attention…

Take your eyes off the pounding surf for a moment to read my top three interesting developments worth noting.

Is a teachers union that doesn’t fight every dismissal still a teachers union?

Is a teachers union that doesn’t fight every dismissal still a teachers union?

The public may not have much noticed the Janus v. AFSCME decision from the US Supreme Court, but the unions...

Statement on the decision in Janus vs. AFSCME

Statement on the decision in Janus vs. AFSCME

The Supreme Court's decision to end unions' ability to collect "agency fees" from nonconsenting employees puts the onus squarely on...

Drowning in data from the OECD

Drowning in data from the OECD

Though I've never considered myself an isolationist, I am increasingly questioning the value of looking beyond American borders for insights...

Teacher strikes: on the wisdom of restraint

Teacher strikes: on the wisdom of restraint

Teachers who had been getting a particularly bad deal stood up to advocate for change in their states, but while...

Is NCTQ’s Teacher Prep Review actually having an impact?

In just a couple of weeks NCTQ will be releasing an updated set of ratings for graduate and alternative route...

DC's Fair Weather Friends

DC's Fair Weather Friends

Okay, I'm on a bit of a rant. I've now written here, here, and here about education advocates doing...

Has the education movement lost its way?

Has the education movement lost its way?

The fall conference season is well behind us, but a bad taste in my mouth lingers.

Can teachers afford a place to call home?

Can teachers afford a place to call home?

Permit me to draw my inspiration from scripture, referencing the basic human needs of clothes on our backs, food to...

Disproving the prophets of teacher shortages

Disproving the prophets of teacher shortages

Too often in education, education groups' pursuit of validation for their policy priorities and the media's desire for a strong...

Silent Progress on Education

Silent Progress on Education

If you're anything like me, you can't help but grow really discouraged at what seems like a lack of progress...

Wanted: Teachers! No reading or writing required

Wanted: Teachers! No reading or writing required

Over the last few months, a whole bunch of states -- including Arizona, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, New York,...

NCTQ names 16 programs to “Top Tier"

With today's release of NCTQ's newest teacher prep ratings, we single out 16 programs as the "Top Tier." These programs...

Is it easier to prepare high school teachers than elementary teachers?

NCTQ's new report on teacher prep programs provides an updated perspective on how well some 700 colleges and universities are...

The challenge of learning from others' mistakes

The challenge of learning from others' mistakes

April 13, 2017 Dear State Legislator: First let's get the obvious points out of the way. I get...

Positive Reinforcement for Great Districts for Great Teachers

Positive Reinforcement for Great Districts for Great Teachers

Over the course of NCTQ's first decade, I'll admit to having struggled a bit to figure out how to influence...

NCTQ Paper Finds Most Teachers Still Rated Effective Despite State Reforms

I saw this headline in my clips and did a double take, wondering if The Onion had begun mocking education...

Ed Reformer: Does self interest make us Debbie downers?

Ed Reformer: Does self interest make us Debbie downers?

For over 50 years, Americans have worried about our students' mediocre performance on international tests. A single-minded focus on rankings--not...

NCTQ’s Teacher Prep Review Paints a Landscape of Undergraduate Elementary Teacher Preparation

Today, NCTQ is excited to share the latest results in our ongoing analysis of teacher prep programs, this time focusing...

Obeying the Laws of Supply and Demand Averts Teacher Shortages

Every consumer knows how the law of supply and demand affects prices. When demand is higher than supply, the price...

How not to respond to criticism

How not to respond to criticism

It's not surprising that teacher educators feel defensive these days. They frequently face accusations for their allegedly inferior quality programs. Non-traditional training...

We never thought it would happen but US ED releases its teacher prep regs

At long last the US Department of Education released its teacher prep regulations this week, prompting me to check my calendar. I had...

The Ghost of Teacher Shortages Past...

Here's something I've been struggling to understand of late. What makes the prospect of a teacher shortage such an immediately...

Teacher diversity: Grounding our goals in reality

Teacher diversity: Grounding our goals in reality

One feature of an ideal school environment, we believe, is that both students and their teachers reflect America in all of...

When it comes to teacher quality, do states really matter?

Of late, I've been holding my own internal debate. Is getting states to change their teacher policies worth all the...

Preschool teacher prep: illusions of quality

30 million words. It's a staggering number representing the tremendous gap in the number of utterances (not distinct words) a child hears...

Three reasons why every teacher prep program should adopt the edTPA…or not.

Over the last few decades, the field of teacher education has heavily promoted the use and even the mandatory adoption by...

A drummed up teacher shortage crisis

Isn't it amazing how someone or some things gain traction when the facts clearly aren't on their side? Just like...

Charterizing Teacher Prep?

Of late, there's been a lot of chatter among teacher educators objecting to language in ESSA for "teacher preparation academies," relatively regulation-free...

Pay attention, everybody- DC's on a roll.

For eight years, the DC public school system has sought to transform itself into a high performing school district, in spite of...

What teacher candidates won't find in their textbooks

Over the holidays, I ran into an old colleague from back when I was doing a lot of work in Baltimore...

Diversity in the Teaching Workforce: False Choices and Faulty Tactics

We can all agree that building a more diverse corps of teachers is important. While only a few studies have...

Curriculum: The Great Divide among Ed Reformers

A few weeks ago Whitney Tilson, writing in his always entertaining blog, gave a nice nod to an op-ed by Dan Willingham in...

Can student teaching be the driver for teacher quality?

I can be a slow learner.My colleagues at NCTQ and I have been working together on teacher quality for well...

Is it better to look like a good idea than be one?

Student teaching is intended to be the culminating experience of a teacher's preparation. It's typically a fall or spring semester commitment. Over...

Getting great teachers takes high standards

Raising standards is hard. But as painful as it is to decide that not everyone is cut out to teach or...

Are big teacher shortages around the corner?

Today, a test of your policy chops. What do the following three statements have in common? 1. It's been X years since A...

My lawn chair cost me $50,000

My lawn chair cost me $50,000

At least that is what I would like to believe. This past September, America Succeeds hosted its inaugural conference in Boise, Idaho....

A call to higher educators: Let's have an honest debate about teacher prep

Most people who took the time to read NYT Motoko Rich's article about the training methods used by Aspire charter schools in...

Is NCTQ litigious?

Americans increasingly agree that the gateway into teaching ought to be a whole lot tougher. Findings released this week from...

Is NCTQ litigious?

Americans increasingly agree that the gateway into teaching ought to be a whole lot tougher. Findings released this week from...

TPR 2014: Slowly, the teacher prep mountain begins to move

Ever so slowly, the United States is taking a harder look at how its teacher preparation schools are improving the...

Minnesota student teaching placement bill fails

Lawmakers stop a sensible bill for not so sensible reasons

Rulemaking on teacher prep programs returns to center stage, NCTQ endorses DOE's action

Today, the Department of Education has taken a bold step in ensuring every future teacher graduates classroom-ready. Teachers and students...

North Carolina's tenure shenanigans

What would you give up for $500?

Who's tougher? State bureaucrats or states' constitutions?

Whose job is it to fix this problem?

Illinois ed schools recognize what state does not

Good going, Illinois deans!

NCTQ announces new board officers

We are pleased to announce that former Florida schools' chief John Winn has been elected the new chair of NCTQ's...

We have to build it first. Then they'll come.

Why isn't Harvard churning out teachers?

Re-stirring the already stirred alt cert research pot

It's time to ask different questions

What gives? Is Chicago not far off from Detroit's pension woes?

A double standard in Illinois teacher pension systems?

The facts in a syllabus

Abraham Flexner isn't the only father of the Teacher Prep Review

Sneak peek on our Review: More evidence of fiefdoms in higher ed

Teacher prep programs on the same campus are generally not the same at all

Are teacher educators trapped?

Can teacher educators serve two masters?

Comment-Worthy Clips

Ideas and Idealogues

Relieving teacher anxiety on test scores

Good news on VAM fairness issues

LA: There aren't any winners in this deal

L.A.'s new eval system isn't good for teachers, the district, or the union.

Panning for teacher talent takes more than one tool

Selective admissions is only part of the puzzle

Build it and they will come

Lessons for teacher prep from a YMCA spin class

A visit to an ed school

Post #1 in a short series

Here's the deal on the deal (updated)

We've thought a lot about the strike in Chicago over the last nine days. Today we took some time...

edTPA: Slow this train down

A big initiative requires big data

Loving children is not enough

The public thinks we need more selective ed school admissions

The art of becoming a teacher: Lessons from 1892

A teacher candidate portfolio that met a high bar

How much leave do teachers get?

The first apples-to-apples comparison of teacher leave benefits: Where does your district rank?

Which of these programs are the real top ten in teacher prep?

Elite teacher prep programs often fall short