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If you can’t have it all, prioritize equity

If you can’t have it all, prioritize equity

What if districts could significantly improve student outcomes by moving around the teachers they already have?

Are we done with teacher licensing tests?

Are we done with teacher licensing tests?

Are teacher licensing tests a milestone to achieve or an obstacle to be removed?

Strengthening the teacher workforce even before they enter the classroom

Strengthening the teacher workforce even before they enter the classroom

A recently published study sheds some light on how teacher evaluation and accountability policies might affect the quantity or quality...

Student teaching: The pipeline to great new teachers

Student teaching: The pipeline to great new teachers

Five steps every school district should take to get the most bang for the buck with student teachers

Evaluating teachers during the pandemic

Evaluating teachers during the pandemic

Of the 24 states that have released guidance on teacher evaluation for SY20-21 thus far, 21 are still requiring summative...

October surprises

October surprises

Science has taken some really hard knocks in 2020. Over the past week, however, science had a couple of well-needed...

Preparing for reality: Bringing together the head, heart, and habits

Preparing for reality: Bringing together the head, heart, and habits

Teacher preparation is a delicate balance between having a broad enough lens to account for the multitude of contexts those...

Changing habits: easier than changing hearts and minds?

Changing habits: easier than changing hearts and minds?

The path to becoming anti-racist is long, challenging, and for teachers, essential. Tackling one's mindset and implicit biases takes hard...

Leave and health insurance for teachers: safeguards amid COVID-19 worries

Leave and health insurance for teachers: safeguards amid COVID-19 worries

In the absence of a federal protection, it becomes the jurisdiction of individual districts to lay out protocols.

What we’re reading: The stubborn myth of “learning styles”

What we’re reading: The stubborn myth of “learning styles”

Some excellent recent research and analysis from William Furey and Education Next exposes that more than half of states continue...

Does experience make the best teacher?

Does experience make the best teacher?

At first blush, this new study appears to confirm the well-established finding that more experienced teachers are not really much...

The early bird gets the better teacher candidate pool

The early bird gets the better teacher candidate pool

Pervasive late hiring processes hinder districts' ability to hire high-quality teacher candidates, yet still many districts can't seem to rise out of...

Is the one-track mind of the ed reform movement doing more harm than good?

Is the one-track mind of the ed reform movement doing more harm than good?

The absence of a college diploma, or worse, someone not wanting one, has become something that must be overcome, which reveals...

Substitute teachers during the pandemic: requirements, benefits, and pay

Substitute teachers during the pandemic: requirements, benefits, and pay

Although districts reopening schools virtually may have less need for substitute teachers due to teachers' reduced exposure to illness, districts...

Why, then, do teachers leave?

Why, then, do teachers leave?

Teacher turnover has proven to be not only costly for schools, but also detrimental to teacher effectiveness and student learning....

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