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Different language, same problems

Different language, same problems

Over the past century, science has revealed a great deal about how the brain functions.

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.

What school districts can do to tackle teacher shortages

What school districts can do to tackle teacher shortages

Coverage of teacher shortages tells of real struggles faced by districts, but it only tells part of the story.

Teacher observations: reliable, but not perfect

Teacher observations: reliable, but not perfect

A new study adds to some evidence that, although a relatively reliable measure, teacher observations may be capturing more than...

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.

How do school districts compensate teachers for advanced degrees?

How do school districts compensate teachers for advanced degrees?

Among the largest districts in the country, 88 percent offer an increase in pay to teachers who earn master's degrees.

Who does it better? Comparing undergraduate and graduate teacher training programs

Who does it better? Comparing undergraduate and graduate teacher training programs

It's reasonable to assume that a master's degree in teaching should provide new teachers with a leg up compared to...

Adjusting, not abandoning, teacher eval

Adjusting, not abandoning, teacher eval

There are new teacher evaluation systems that show substantial promise, but as with any systemic effort, we need to watch...

When more is less

When more is less

Time and again research has failed to find evidence that earning a master's degree make a teacher more effective.

Are teacher prep programs all alike?

Are teacher prep programs all alike?

A new paper adds to the growing body of research pointing out just how difficult it is to tell teacher...

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...

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.

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...

Ripple effects: effective teaching echoes for years

Ripple effects: effective teaching echoes for years

The nation has taken steps toward giving all students, regardless of their background, equal access to great teachers. By more...

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