Several years ago, YES Prep replaced a step-and-lane teacher compensation system with our Teacher Continuum. Here are some key lessons we've learned.


At YES Prep, our Instructional Excellence Rubric (IER) is the foundation for our teacher development and evaluation system. Three principles for successful teacher evaluation have guided our work.


What we believe contributes most to a teacher's success is the support available at school. Realizing this, we created our own teacher training and certification program.


What's the secret sauce at YES Prep? This week, we will discuss the main driver of our success: the quality of our people. Let's start with how we hire them.


Secretary Duncan announced that states will get additional flexibility and time to get teacher evaluation right. But will his announcement bring about change?


There are certainly challenges in adopting personalized learning, but I believe the benefits are more compelling each day. Here are 4 critical steps when launching a personalized learning initiative.


Data is necessary to adequately define and address student needs. How can a school protect student information and still benefit from personalizing instruction?


The tendency to standardize content even permeates professional development for personalized learning. So how can principals give personalized learning a real chance to succeed?


Differentiated learning is sorely needed, but sometimes personalized learning technology creates a gap--and a tension--between individual learning time and teacher-led instruction time.


Neither the Secretary of Education nor the NEA is the "bad guy," but both need to be willing to compromise. Where to start? I think we need a 2-year moratorium on the consequences associated with testing.


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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