5 Minutes Can Change the World of Education

Enough doom and gloom in the education world — we HAVE to start talking about what is working.


Stop Telling Lawmakers What to Do. TEACH Them!

Teaching doesn't have to be a classroom-only activity-- try it on a politician sometime!


Teachers: Make the Switch From Humble Servants to Confident Professionals

I am a skilled, trained, and professional expert in my field-- why does the teacher code call for us to play this down?


What If Teachers Regularly Communicated With Parents?

Communication is key in parent-teacher relations, and it's time we make it a school norm.


What If Every Struggling Student Had a Tutor?

Studies have shown that tutoring provides enormous benefits to students. It's worth asking what it would take to make tutoring available to those who need it most.


What If Students Could Relate to Their Teachers and Classes?

Students who relate to their teachers and classes show marked improvement in classroom performance. What if we took these individual efforts and organized them school-wide?


What If Teachers Could Be Promoted?

Opportunities for recognition alone are even few and far between in teaching. Would teacher promotions achieve big results?


What If All Teachers Had a Coach?

Coaching has shown to be a valuable tool in teacher training. However, fewer than one in five novice teachers reports working closely with a mentor.


Research vs. Conventional Wisdom III: Competition for Teacher Labor

If you follow debates about teacher salaries, you would think that states are in fierce competition with one another for teacher labor. However, contrary to the conventional wisdom, shockingly few teachers with experience in one state cross the border to teach in the other.


Research vs. Conventional Wisdom II: Teacher Jobs Lost During the Great Recession

The importance of the distinction between RIF notices, layoffs, and job losses is also one of the startling findings from our study: most classroom teachers who received a RIF notice were not actually laid off during the Great Recession and did not actually lose their jobs.


The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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