New Tennessee Chief Has Deep Teacher-Preparation Background

Candice McQueen has won plaudits for her work leading Lipscomb University's teacher-preparation efforts.


Teach For America Facing Recruitment Challenges

Teach For America may fall 25 percent short of demand for its teachers, the organization said in a memo to partner districts.


Maryland District Embarks On Teacher-Diversity Effort

The school system in Montgomery County, Md., is eyeing ways to improve the diversity of its teaching force.


Tennessee Gov. Proposes Reducing Weight of Test Scores in Evaluation

Bill Haslam, a Republican, says teachers have convinced him that there should be less weight given to test scores in the state's teacher-evaluation system.


Higher Academic Standing Seen Among Recent New York Teacher Hires

New York is drawing more of its teachers from the top-third of scorers on the SAT exam, and fewer from the bottom third of the pool.


Principals' Group Latest to Criticize 'Value Added' for Teacher Evaluations

The National Association of Secondary School Principals says the estimates shouldn't factor into personnel decisions on teachers.


Calif. Union, Teachers Will Take Lead on Common-Core P.D.

A new initiative by the state teachers' union, board-certified teachers, and a Stanford group seeks to improve school-based professional development on the new standards.


Ed. Dept. Teacher-Prep Regulations Released; Aim to Tie Aid to Program Performance

A first look at the U.S. Department of Education's proposed rules for rating teacher-preparation programs.


Could Minnesota Be Next for a Vergara-Style Lawsuit?

One of the California lawyers in the Vergara case hints that constitutional provisions in Minnesota make it ripe for a similar challenge.


Report Offers 'Lessons Learned' From Teacher-Residency Programs

A report from a network of teacher-residency programs outlines specific lessons for improving the quality of the year-long, school-based training programs.


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