Search Results: Professional Development

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Does Opportunity Culture bring students more opportunities to learn?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Does-Opportunity-Culture-bring-students-more-opportunities-to-learn
About 20 school districts have adopted new staffing models known collectively as Opportunity Culture, each designed to maximize the impact of great teachers. Makes sense, but does it work? Thanks...

A bright spot for PD—new teacher induction that works
https://www.nctq.org/blog/A-bright-spot-for-PDnew-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 we were excited to see the new research findings looking...

How principals can change the culture around teacher evaluations
https://www.nctq.org/blog/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 that allows customers to rate restaurants using only 4 or...

Teaching teachers in Mississippi
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Teaching-teachers-in-Mississippi
Mississippi had to do something. Between 1992 and 2013, no more than 55 percent of its 4th grade children could look at a piece of writing and locate relevant...

Experience is the Best Teacher
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Experience-is-the-Best-Teacher
We've long been arguing that districts could tap retired teachers to ease the transition of new teachers into the classroom. We recently found a great example of a district doing...

Great District Profile: District of Columbia Public Schools
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Great-District-Profile:-District-of-Columbia-Public-Schools
Choosing the right district for you is not easy if you don't have the right information.

Great Districts for Great Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Great-Districts-for-Great-Teachers
For teachers, finding satisfaction in their classroom, school, and district is key to longevity and success.

Eight Districts Win First-Ever Great Districts for Great Teachers Initiative; School Districts Proved Greatness Through 18-Month Evaluation
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Eight-Districts-Win-First--Ever-Great-Districts-for-Great-Teachers-Initiative;-School-Districts-Proved-Greatness-Through-18--Month-Evaluation
Eight school districts just became the nation's first-ever Great Districts for Great Teachers. This new honor, developed by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), recognizes districts for their exceptional...

The best teacher quality research of 2016!
https://www.nctq.org/blog/The-best-teacher-quality-research-of-2016!
Teacher quality researchers made plenty of provocative headlines in 2016. They identified trends to monitor, new tips for the trade, and a few wins worth celebrating. Here are the papers...

More PD that makes a difference!
https://www.nctq.org/blog/More-PD-that-makes-a-difference!-
If you look closely, they're actually not hardto find: inexpensive professional development opportunities for teachers thatactually do make a real difference in student learning. Earlier this year, wecovered an experiment...

A suspension solution?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/A-suspension-solution
It's a popular movie theme--the story of that one teacher who really connects withstudents, setting them on the right path to a productive future.

The power of partnerships
https://www.nctq.org/blog/The-power-of-partnerships
In the face of all evidence on the (apparently) utter uselessness of most professional development, might there be something that works? A new NBER working paper claiming just that perked...

A glimmer of hope on the bleak PD front
https://www.nctq.org/blog/A-glimmer-of-hope-on-the-bleak-PD-front
The headline of a new study from Matthew A. Kraft (Brown University) and David Blazar (Harvard Graduate School of Education) caught our eye: Intensive, personalized coaching programs can improve teacher...

Better evaluations, better teachers?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Better-evaluations,-better-teachers
As any district can attest, overhauling teacher evaluations represents a huge lift for all involved. The temptation to look for shortcuts is equally huge.

#5—Best paper to slip to your district’s finance office:
https://www.nctq.org/blog/5Best-paper-to-slip-to-your-districts-finance-office:
The Mirage by TNTP

The $8 billion question
https://www.nctq.org/blog/The-8-billion-question
At this point, we figure that everyone else has already written about the more interesting and insightful takeaways about TNTP's latest report, entitled The Mirage (see here and here). (That's...

Latest updates in Minneapolis, Granite and Bridgeport
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Latest-updates-in-Minneapolis,-Granite-and-Bridgeport
This month’s installment of Catching up on Contracts covers the new contracts in three districts in NCTQ’s Teacher Contract Database: Minneapolis Public Schools, Granite School District and ...

State
https://www.nctq.org/blog/State
As students settle into their first months ofthe new school year, it's a good time to check in on the teacher policylandscape governing the profession across the country. From...

State of the States 2013 Connect the Dots: Using Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness to Inform Policy and Practice
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2013-Connect-the-Dots:-Using-Evaluations-of-Teacher-Effectiveness-to-Inform-Policy-and-Practice
This report provides a detailed and up-to-date lay of the land on teacher evaluation policies across the 50 states and DCPS. It also offers a more in-depth look at the...

State of the States 2012: Teacher Effectiveness Policies - Area 3: Identifying Effective Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2012:-Teacher-Effectiveness-Policies----Area-3:-Identifying-Effective-Teachers;-NCTQ-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook-Brief
Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize...

State of the States 2012: Making Effectiveness Matter - Area 5: Exiting Ineffective Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2012:-Making-Effectiveness-Matter----Area-5:-Exiting-Ineffective-Teachers;-NCTQ-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook-Brief
Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize...

State of the States 2012: Cultivating an Effective Teacher Workforce - Area 4: Retaining Effective Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2012:-Cultivating-an-Effective-Teacher-Workforce----Area-4:-Retaining-Effective-Teachers;-NCTQ-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook-Brief
Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize...

Human Capital in Boston Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop and Retain Effective Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Human-Capital-in-Boston-Public-Schools:-Rethinking-How-to-Attract,-Develop-and-Retain-Effective-Teachers
A report on Boston Public School policies that have an impact on teacher quality, concluding that while the district has many smart, strategic policies already in place, improving teacher rules...

Human Capital in Seattle Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop and Retain Effective Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Human-Capital-in-Seattle-Public-Schools:-Rethinking-How-to-Attract,-Develop-and-Retain-Effective-Teachers
Staffing each classroom with an effective teacher is the most important function of a school district. Doing so requires strategic personnel policies and smart practices. This analysis reviews the Seattle...

Human Capital in Hartford Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop, and Retain Effective Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Human-Capital-in-Hartford-Public-Schools:-Rethinking-How-to-Attract,-Develop,-and-Retain-Effective-Teachers
This report, which examines the alignment of Hartford's teacher policies with its goals for improving teacher quality, represents the first in a number of similar analyses which NCTQ is undertaking...

What Indiana's Education Schools Aren't Teaching About Reading
https://www.nctq.org/publications/What-Indianas-Education-Schools-Arent-Teaching-About-Reading
NCTQ Releases Study of Reading Preparation in Indiana Education Schools: As a follow up to NCTQ's national study on how well elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading, NCTQ looks...

2008 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: What States Can Do To Retain Effective New Teachers - National Summary
https://www.nctq.org/publications/2008-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook:-What-States-Can-Do-To-Retain-Effective-New-Teachers----National-Summary
The 2008 edition of the State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides an in-depth analysis of a critical piece of the teacher quality puzzle: the retention of effective new teachers.

What Education Schools Aren't Teaching About Reading--and What Elementary Teachers Aren't Learning
https://www.nctq.org/publications/What-Education-Schools-Arent-Teaching-About-Reading----and-What-Elementary-Teachers-Arent-Learning
In this groundbreaking report, NCTQ studied a large representative sampling of ed schools to find out what future elementary teachers are and are not learning about reading instruction. The report,...

Necessary and Insufficient: Resisting a Full Measure of Teacher Quality
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Necessary-and-Insufficient:-Resisting-a-Full-Measure-of-Teacher-Quality
For all the conflict generated by various K-12 education reform efforts, there is one principle everyone agrees on: teachers need to know the subject matter they teach. This principle makes...

Teacher Certification Reconsidered: Stumbling for Quality
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Teacher-Certification-Reconsidered:-Stumbling-for-Quality
The importance of good teaching to the academic success of students is intuitively obvious to any parent and is well substantiated by a body of sound research. Correspondingly, ensuring that...