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Two easy steps to a better principal

Two easy steps to a better principal

Looking for a good principal? Start your search with good teachers.

Video-based observations and teacher evaluations

Video-based observations and teacher evaluations

Just as football and basketball teams spend hours reviewing game tape, teachers have much to gain from self-observation.

Evaluators require expertise

Evaluators require expertise

If there's one thing we know about teacher evaluations, it's that they're only as effective as the people doing the...

Getting at the root of the school to prison pipeline

Getting at the root of the school to prison pipeline

Is the reason Americans tolerate unnecessarily high rates of kids who never learn how to read yet another manifestation of...

Ensuring strong and stable substitute teacher pools

Ensuring strong and stable substitute teacher pools

What do substitute teacher pools look like across the largest school districts in the country and how can districts use...

Shocker! New evidence that teachers are more effective when they know their subject

Shocker! New evidence that teachers are more effective when they know their subject

Perhaps this headline seems self-evident, but the backlash against licensure tests suggests otherwise.

The very real damage to student learning from pink slips

The very real damage to student learning from pink slips

Here's a legitimately scary topic never far from teachers' minds when the economy takes a downturn: the threat of being...

The missing link

The missing link

While all student teaching experiences are not created equal, understanding and measuring how they are different turns out to be a challenge.

If they could do it, so can we

If they could do it, so can we

I look back to my sisters of a century or more ago, who fought a lot harder for a lot...

Teacher evaluation that’s meaningful

Teacher evaluation that’s meaningful

In this month's District Trendline, we examine some key characteristics of teacher evaluation systems in the nation's largest school districts,...

You don’t get what you pay for: paying teachers more for master’s degrees

You don’t get what you pay for: paying teachers more for master’s degrees

This month, the District Trendline looks at the role of advanced degrees in how teachers are paid.

Can public education find its mosquito net?

Can public education find its mosquito net?

In journalist Natalie Wexler's powerful new book, The Knowledge Gap, she sets out to make the case for the critical...

You get what you pay for

You get what you pay for

Our drum is beating for both better base pay and much more strategic use of compensation dollars by school districts...

Getting students to the room where it happens

Getting students to the room where it happens

If this measure can help identify and reward those teachers who are effectively encouraging kids to show up to class...

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...

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