What training for a marathon can teach us about clinical practice for teachers

Teacher preparation isn't a sprint; it's a marathon. And just like preparing for a long race, it requires well-planned practice,...


How long is your school year? It depends—a lot—on where you live

As district administrators know, there's no one way to map the school calendar. Depending on where you live, the start...


Start at the Beginning: Understanding the earliest part of the teacher pipeline can improve recruitment

Understanding how and from where to recruit people into the teaching profession has long been a focus for researchers, education...


OK, Boomer: Why younger generations may be more effective teachers

New research found measurable differences in teacher quality between different generations of teachers—with Baby Boomers being least effective.


Teacher Apprenticeships: Long on possibility, short on details (for now)

Apprenticeships offer a promising model to help expand and diversify the teacher workforce. But NCTQ President Heather Peske cautions: We're...


Building a strong student teaching model: Districts and teacher prep programs share successes and challenges

Just as you wouldn't start a marathon without taking practice runs, new teachers shouldn't become teachers of record without getting...


No need to beg, borrow, and steal: A road map for how states can implement and sustain reading policies

State education leaders shouldn't work alone to enact teacher-focused reading policies, writes NCTQ President Heather Peske. Instead, they can look...


Who’s walking out the door? How does turnover vary among teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and staff?

Non-teaching staff can have a big impact on student outcomes, yet little research explores how their turnover rates vary and...


In the eye of the beholder: What happens when teachers think the curriculum is too tough for students?

A new report explores why some teachers don't use standards-aligned curriculum materials. Here's what states and districts should do to...


Affording to stay healthy: The costs of health insurance for teachers

The skyrocketing price of health insurance impacts both teachers and school districts. Here's how some education leaders are keeping health...


Driving change through research: A look back at 2023

NCTQ's Teacher Quality Bulletin distills the latest education research into clear, actionable information for education leaders. From topics like effective...


What's resonating with school district leaders and staff in 2023

Explore the most popular District Trendline posts of 2023, spotlighting topics like paid parental leave benefits, housing costs in relation...


Are your substitute teachers getting paid more at Walmart?

Districts nationally are struggling to build strong pools of substitute teachers. Yet in 40% of the large districts we analyzed,...


What are the long-term effects of teacher performance pay on student outcomes?

New Research Reveals Surprising Long-Term Effects of Teacher Performance Pay on Students.


More than finding the main idea: Comprehension requires background knowledge

Five actions education leaders can take to tap into the power of background knowledge.