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The use of teacher effectiveness in layoff decisions

The use of teacher effectiveness in layoff decisions

Given the importance of great teaching for student learning, including effectiveness data when making layoff decisions is essential.

Late-breaking news: Cooperating teachers should be good at teaching!

Late-breaking news: Cooperating teachers should be good at teaching!

Oftentimes research is way out ahead of the conventional wisdom. Occasionally though, common sense ends up being justified by research.

Feedback is fundamental

Feedback is fundamental

Something doesn't add up.

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...

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...

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