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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...

Increasing the value of student teaching

Student teaching is intended to serve as the opportunity for aspiring teachers to apply what they have learned from their...

Drowning in data from the OECD

Drowning in data from the OECD

Though I've never considered myself an isolationist, I am increasingly questioning the value of looking beyond American borders for insights...

How are districts and states using pay to staff high-need schools and subjects?

Paying teachers more to work in high-need schools and subjects—known as "differential pay"—is one of the most powerful tools school...

Strong support for rigorous principal evaluations

Strong support for rigorous principal evaluations

In Tennessee schools, accountability starts at the top - and that might be making all the difference.

Can better applicant screening raise teacher quality?

Can better applicant screening raise teacher quality?

It's teacher hiring season, and school districts are out in full force working to recruit teachers.

Teacher strikes: on the wisdom of restraint

Teacher strikes: on the wisdom of restraint

Teachers who had been getting a particularly bad deal stood up to advocate for change in their states, but while...

Want teachers who are ready on day one? Here's where to look!

Want teachers who are ready on day one? Here's where to look!

As school districts plan for the coming school year, many are already considering where to recruit a fresh crop of...

In Data We Trust

Without first understanding a problem, it's next-to-impossible to fix it. A new policy brief demonstrates how one state looked first...

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