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Three steps for creating and retaining a strong STEM teaching corps

Three steps for creating and retaining a strong STEM teaching corps

Districts report the most difficulty not only filling STEM and special ed vacancies but keeping them filled with strong, effective...

With teacher evals, is consistency key?

With teacher evals, is consistency key?

A new study calls attention to consistency problems—even in an evaluation system that appears to align with best practices—concerning enough...

Case closed

Case closed

If a picture is worth a thousand words, I'm thinking that these two images should have long ago put an...

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...

First, do no harm

First, do no harm

"First, do no harm" is a good dictum for doctors, and may be one for policymakers as well. Even the...

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...

The Ins and Outs of Teacher Salaries

The Ins and Outs of Teacher Salaries

With strikes and walkouts happening across the United States, teacher salaries are a hot topic. Even presidential contenders are weighing...

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Whac-a-mole contract negotiations

Whac-a-mole contract negotiations

As district leaders and union representatives sit down to negotiate teacher contracts, an invisible hand has already decided many of...

The best-laid plans oft go awry

The best-laid plans oft go awry

"This should work!" Reading between the lines of a new study looking at how to make the most of effective...

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...

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...

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.

When the economy’s down, stock up

When the economy’s down, stock up

It's safe to say that recessions are bad – people lose jobs, investments lose value, politicians lose elections. However, it...

Lose-lose: New teacher assignments

Lose-lose: New teacher assignments

We all know that new teachers are more apt to get handed the toughest classrooms, a double whammy on student...

Drinking deep of the data in Tennessee

Drinking deep of the data in Tennessee

Tennessee is at it again! The Volunteer State, known for its strong policies around teacher prep and teacher evaluation, is...

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