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Measuring up: New study identifies districts and states that are seeing results with teacher evaluation systems

Measuring up: New study identifies districts and states that are seeing results with teacher evaluation systems

Teacher evaluation systems, when implemented well, are coinciding with real and measurable benefits for students and teachers alike.

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.

A look back at teacher performance incentives

A look back at teacher performance incentives

A new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research compares two approaches to incentivizing teacher performance and...

Do Board certified teachers propel whole schools forward?

Do Board certified teachers propel whole schools forward?

The right incentives can motivate a student to do homework, an employee to hit a quota, and even a child...

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 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...

Start at the beginning

Start at the beginning

Perhaps you can help me solve a puzzle.

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...

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