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


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.


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?


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


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.


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.


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 entrenched lore that we lose half of our teachers after five years is repeated as fact again and again. Surely our level of concern about the "looming teacher shortage" ought to cool down.


The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Rebecca Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) case could send shock-waves through the teaching profession and empower teachers to make educated decisions about union membership.


The outdated union model is harming students and alienating a rapidly changing workforce. Fortunately, more and more classroom teachers are embracing policies that put students and professionalism first.


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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