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Because you probably haven’t been paying attention…

Take your eyes off the pounding surf for a moment to read my top three interesting developments worth noting.

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How do school districts compensate teachers for advanced degrees?

Among the largest districts in the country, 88 percent offer an increase in pay to teachers who earn master's degrees.

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Who does it better? Comparing undergraduate and graduate teacher training programs

It's reasonable to assume that a master's degree in teaching should provide new teachers with a leg up compared to...

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Adjusting, not abandoning, teacher eval

There are new teacher evaluation systems that show substantial promise, but as with any systemic effort, we need to watch...

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When more is less

Time and again research has failed to find evidence that earning a master's degree make a teacher more effective.

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Are teacher prep programs all alike?

A new paper adds to the growing body of research pointing out just how difficult it is to tell teacher...

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Is a teachers union that doesn’t fight every dismissal still a teachers union?

The public may not have much noticed the Janus v. AFSCME decision from the US Supreme Court, but the unions...

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Evaluation Essentials: How do districts measure up?

Districts' policies should enable teachers and administrators to fully capitalize on the benefits provided by strong evaluation practices.

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Statement on the decision in Janus vs. AFSCME

The Supreme Court's decision to end unions' ability to collect "agency fees" from nonconsenting employees puts the onus squarely on...

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Ripple effects: effective teaching echoes for years

The nation has taken steps toward giving all students, regardless of their background, equal access to great teachers. By more...

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Increasing the value of student teaching

Student teaching is intended to serve as the opportunity for aspiring teachers to apply what they have learned from their...

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Drowning in data from the OECD

Though I've never considered myself an isolationist, I am increasingly questioning the value of looking beyond American borders for insights...

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How are districts and states using pay to staff high-need schools and subjects?

Paying teachers more to work in high-need schools and subjects—known as "differential pay"—is one of the most powerful tools school...

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Strong support for rigorous principal evaluations

In Tennessee schools, accountability starts at the top - and that might be making all the difference.

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Can better applicant screening raise teacher quality?

It's teacher hiring season, and school districts are out in full force working to recruit teachers.