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The best laid plans...

There is a cautionary lesson from a new working paper examining Houston's bold talent initiative. In many ways, it yielded...

A new look at performance pay

A new study suggests that offering performance bonuses to a smaller segment of high performing teachers than is typical in...

Has the education movement lost its way?

The fall conference season is well behind us, but a bad taste in my mouth lingers.

Location, location, location

Local context matters. It's true when it comes to teacher shortages, and it shouldn't come as a surprise that it would be...

The best research of 2017!

Without further ado, here are some of the research articles that stood out to you in 2017:

November 2017: Teacher Planning and Collaboration Time

While salary often dominates news headlines about teacher contract negotiations, time to plan is often just as precious to teachers....

State ESSA plan whack-a-mole

Ever play the carnival game of whack-a-mole? Every time you smash one mole back into its hole, two more pop...

Dallas pay for performance initiative producing positive results

NCTQ has long supported teacher pay for performance in school districts. Better pay can encourage the best teachers to stay...

A bright spot for PD—new teacher induction that works

Districts spend on average $18,000 per teacher every year on professional development, with little to show for it. That's why...

Best Books for New Teachers (Part II)

This second part of our book recommendations focuses on books that help teachers learn about how to teach students to...

Can teachers afford a place to call home?

Permit me to draw my inspiration from scripture, referencing the basic human needs of clothes on our backs, food to...

How principals can change the culture around teacher evaluations

Imagine a test where the only grades a student could earn were A or A-. Envision an update to Yelp...

Border walls between states and their impact on kids

Despite how some organizations tend to discuss teacher supply, the United States doesn't have just one teacher labor market, but...

October 2017: Does low pay shut teachers out of the housing market?

Teacher salaries are always in the news, but in the last few months we've noticed that housing affordability for teachers...

Best Books for New Teachers (Part I)

Every minute counts. So teachers need to know which books are best worth their limited time. It's with this in...

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