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Pay increases and other non-obscure strategies to address the substitute teacher shortage

Pay increases and other non-obscure strategies to address the substitute teacher shortage

How several large school districts are revisiting policies surrounding pay and health benefits to attract prospective substitute teachers.

Teacher quality in 2021: A story of resilience

Teacher quality in 2021: A story of resilience

Our nation's educators and students are exhausted and embattled, but not beaten.

COVID-related incentives for teachers during the 2021-22 school year

COVID-related incentives for teachers during the 2021-22 school year

Teachers faced many difficulties last year due to the pandemic. Concerns about teachers not returning for the 2021-22 school year...

2021 in Review: School district policy priorities in a truly challenging year

2021 in Review: School district policy priorities in a truly challenging year

A round-up of NCTQ's most-read District Trendline blog posts from 2021.

When school breaks no longer spark joy

When school breaks no longer spark joy

Why should anyone care that schools take a little break, especially given all that teachers have been through over the...

Student body demographics could influence teacher hiring decisions - but we need more data

Student body demographics could influence teacher hiring decisions - but we need more data

A new working paper adds additional insight into the important question of how race impacts teacher hiring decisions.

Do state collective bargaining rules influence district teacher policies?

Do state collective bargaining rules influence district teacher policies?

An analysis of state rules on collective bargaining for teachers and the content of school districts' policies across 148 districts...

Messaging from reading advocates comes off as lopsided. The science isn't

Messaging from reading advocates comes off as lopsided. The science isn't

It is clear that neither word recognition nor comprehension at the expense of each other produces successful readers.

What do teachers think of their evaluation feedback?

What do teachers think of their evaluation feedback?

A recent paper puts the spotlight back on the quality of feedback teachers receive in their evaluations.

What we know (and don’t know) about pandemic-era teacher shortages

What we know (and don’t know) about pandemic-era teacher shortages

National jobs data suggests the wave of predicted teacher resignations has not come to pass.

Comparing school districts on class size policies

Comparing school districts on class size policies

Working conditions play a crucial role in teachers' wellbeing, especially after 18 taxing months of reinventing education due to the...

Lamenting the poor lot of student teaching

Lamenting the poor lot of student teaching

When we sow benign neglect, it's no wonder we reap mediocrity.

Getting districts and teacher prep on the same page on reading pays off

Getting districts and teacher prep on the same page on reading pays off

There's clear evidence that teachers are more effective reading instructors with special education students when both their preservice preparation and...

Does removing tenure lead to a retention problem?

Does removing tenure lead to a retention problem?

Tenure, a hotly debated education policy lever, is often viewed as a component of a teacher's overall compensation package.

Six steps to use student teachers to solve staffing challenges

Six steps to use student teachers to solve staffing challenges

For school districts looking to fulfill staffing needs, hosting student teachers offers many advantages to creating a pool of effective...

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