January 2011 Archives

Whether you love or hate the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's work in education, it has become an influential part of the education policy world, specifically in discussions about teacher quality. Some time ago, I interviewed Bill Gates while at the American Federation of Teachers conference, where he had come to address the union's delegates. We spoke about the foundation's $500 million Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching project and the $45 million Measures of Effective Teaching study. I apologize to all for taking so long to transcribe this for you, but a funny thing happened on my way to the keyboard, ...

Four states with above-average participation in professional development share common structures and strategies for teachers' on-the-job training, concludes a new report released by Learning Forward.

Here's what Teacher Beat is reading this weekend. Keep those tweets and comments a-coming! • Do education majors learn less than their peers in other bachelor's programs? That's one of the assertions in a new book that tries to gauge how much value college adds to student learning. (Hat tip to the Education Writers' Association's Linda Perlstein.) • The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education responds to the news that the National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S. News and World Report will be rating schools of education. It would like to see more emphasis on output-based measures, among ...

A report from TAP offers insights into how teacher evaluations can be implemented.

The mayor of the District of Columbia harbors concerns that the city's IMPACT teacher evaluation doesn't account for differences in the students and schools located across the city and therefore may not be fair to teachers, The Washington Post reports. This is a subtle but important story with potentially large implications for the teacher-evaluation discussion now being held across the nation. "It's not the same to teach in Horace Mann [Elementary in Northwest] as to teach in Stanton Elementary School [in Southeast]. That's a very different challenge," the paper quotes Mayor Vincent C. Gray as saying. "And frankly I'm not ...

A prominent scholar takes issue with the report the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently put out on its Measures of Effective Teaching study.

NCTQ and U.S. News and World Report plan an in-depth review of all of the nation's 1,400 schools of education.

Tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has finally gone ahead and said that he wants to end teacher tenure in favor of five-year renewable teacher contracts, the Wall Street Journal reports. And In Idaho, state Superintendent Tom Luna has also advocated eliminating tenure and basing part of a teacher's salary on performance, the Idaho Statesman reveals. In doing so, both men join officials in Florida and Wyoming (along with former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee) who also want to do away with tenure as it's currently conceived. Christie's announcement isn't a particular surprise given all of his back-and-forth with the ...

Michelle Rhee's Students First group unveils its policy proposals, which include abolishing tenure and giving districts sole control over teacher evaluations.

The New York City Education Department must include teachers' names in the performance-data reports it provides to news outlets to fulfill open-records requests, a New York state court ruled today.

A paper examines which teachers in Washington State were most likely to receive a pink slip under current layoff criteria.

Democrats for Education Reform proposes a new competition for supporting teacher training, funded through existing federal programs.

A rundown of the 10 most-read items at Teacher Beat in 2010.


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