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Words matter: the language of evaluation ratings

Words matter: the language of evaluation ratings

"What's in a name?" Juliet famously asks as she pleads her case to Romeo...

Setting the record straight

Setting the record straight

The newest scare about teacher shortages focuses on the question of teacher retention...

An open letter to all who care about making sure every child in America learns to read

An open letter to all who care about making sure every child in America learns to read

As our nation embarks upon a new year, we must acknowledge a sobering reality…

Hey, Michael Jackson … maybe it really DOES matter if you’re black or white

Hey, Michael Jackson … maybe it really DOES matter if you’re black or white

A new study confirms, yet again, the positive benefits of students of color having a teacher of the same race.

Win-win-win for student teaching

Win-win-win for student teaching

New research adds two fascinating twists to this (thankfully) increasingly popular field of research.

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...

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