The missing link

The missing link

While all student teaching experiences are not created equal, understanding and measuring how they are different turns out to be a challenge.

Teacher evaluation that’s meaningful

Teacher evaluation that’s meaningful

In this month's District Trendline, we examine some key characteristics of teacher evaluation systems in the nation's largest school districts,...

A sizable opportunity: thinking strategically about class size

A sizable opportunity: thinking strategically about class size

Class size is one tough issue. On the one hand, reducing class size is a perennial favorite among teachers and...

How are school districts dealing with rising health insurance costs?

How are school districts dealing with rising health insurance costs?

The rising costs of health insurance have played a big role behind the scenes of teacher protests over the past...

Leaving mid-year: when teacher turnover hurts the most

Leaving mid-year: when teacher turnover hurts the most

Not all teacher turnover is created equal. Some turnover is a good thing. Too much of it is a bad...

Supply and demand 101: Teacher pay edition

Supply and demand 101: Teacher pay edition

In most job sectors, employers use their compensation dollars to purchase what they most value.

Teacher transfers: finding the right fit

Teacher transfers: finding the right fit

Teachers are not interchangeable parts in a school district. That's why principals need to have the final say about the district's decision...

Evaluation Essentials: How do districts measure up?

Evaluation Essentials: How do districts measure up?

Districts' policies should enable teachers and administrators to fully capitalize on the benefits provided by strong evaluation practices.

How are districts and states using pay to staff high-need schools and subjects?

How are districts and states using pay to staff high-need schools and subjects?

Paying teachers more to work in high-need schools and subjects—known as "differential pay"—is one of the most powerful tools school...

Can better applicant screening raise teacher quality?

Can better applicant screening raise teacher quality?

It's teacher hiring season, and school districts are out in full force working to recruit teachers.

POP QUIZ: Why should teacher candidates be trained in assessment?

We've all taken plenty of tests in our time—so surely any of us could figure out how to assess our...

Teacher prep programs should check their work

As a student, it is so frustrating when a teacher never returns your work. How will you know how you...

So, what makes someone want to be a teacher?

So, what makes someone want to be a teacher?

No one is surprised when 9th and 10th grade students want to be rock stars, professional athletes, or YouTube celebrities....

Want to keep great teachers in high-needs schools? Train them there

Even today, high-needs schools struggle to attract and, more critically, retain effective and experienced teachers. We think teacher prep programs...

Defying Expectations: The Right Teacher Can Help Low-Income Students Go Above and Beyond

What makes the difference in how well low-income students perform on Advanced Placement (AP) exams? A recent study published in...