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Whac-a-mole contract negotiations

Whac-a-mole contract negotiations

As district leaders and union representatives sit down to negotiate teacher contracts, an invisible hand has already decided many of...

The best-laid plans oft go awry

The best-laid plans oft go awry

"This should work!" Reading between the lines of a new study looking at how to make the most of effective...

Inequities in the classroom: When the only thing missing is the will to act

Inequities in the classroom: When the only thing missing is the will to act

In spite of a federal law requiring states to take action to ameliorate the inequitable distribution of teacher talent, many...

How are school districts dealing with rising health insurance costs?

How are school districts dealing with rising health insurance costs?

The rising costs of health insurance have played a big role behind the scenes of teacher protests over the past...

The high price of putting our heads in the sand

The high price of putting our heads in the sand

I know teacher evaluation is now considered toxic, but I've never been one to shy away from tilting at windmills.

When the economy’s down, stock up

When the economy’s down, stock up

It's safe to say that recessions are bad – people lose jobs, investments lose value, politicians lose elections. However, it...

Lose-lose: New teacher assignments

Lose-lose: New teacher assignments

We all know that new teachers are more apt to get handed the toughest classrooms, a double whammy on student...

Drinking deep of the data in Tennessee

Drinking deep of the data in Tennessee

Tennessee is at it again! The Volunteer State, known for its strong policies around teacher prep and teacher evaluation, is...

Collective bargaining and teacher strikes

Collective bargaining and teacher strikes

This month, the District Trendline highlights the role of collective bargaining in teacher strikes, takes a look at what teachers...

Are colleges of education really cash cows? New data suggests otherwise

Are colleges of education really cash cows? New data suggests otherwise

A new study casts some legitimate doubts about just how much of a cash cow ed schools really are.

Too short, still sweet: When successful systems lack longevity

Too short, still sweet: When successful systems lack longevity

How can we fix well-documented disparities in the education experiences of children living in poverty?

Life lessons from a trip to the hospital

Life lessons from a trip to the hospital

No matter how much I am inclined to trust someone else's expertise, I need to be my own best advocate.

Steps to help create a stronger, more diverse elementary teacher workforce

Steps to help create a stronger, more diverse elementary teacher workforce

School districts currently hire about 70,000 new elementary teachers each year, with the expectation that these teachers are ready to...

Who are today’s teachers?

Who are today’s teachers?

Some noteworthy findings from Richard Ingersoll and his colleagues in the recent examination of how the teaching workforce has changed...

Leaving mid-year: when teacher turnover hurts the most

Leaving mid-year: when teacher turnover hurts the most

Not all teacher turnover is created equal. Some turnover is a good thing. Too much of it is a bad...

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