Teacher preparation needs to be organized in such a way that student-teaching and other "clinical" experiences in schools are prioritized, with coursework and other requirements embedded in and supplementing the on-the-job work, a new report says.


UFT chief Michael Mulgrew follows up a bland, uninformative press release about Cathie Black, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's choice for New York City school superintendent, with a two-guns-blazing speech.


The District of Columbia's best teachers aren't equitably distributed across the city's wealthier and poorer neighborhoods.


Education Week releases its special report on teacher professional development.


A study finds an achievement edge in schools using the Teacher Advancement Program school-reform model, when compared to synthetically generated counterparts with similar characteristics.


Despite philosophical agreement in some areas, practical obstacles could prevent Democrats and Republicans from pushing forward on "teacher effectiveness" policy.


The winner of the race for the presidency of the Washington Teachers' Union could have an impact on the future of education reform in the District of Columbia's much-scrutinized school system.


A group releases quality standards for teacher 'residency' programs.


A second tentative contract may soon be released by the Baltimore district and its teachers' union.


Here's a bunch of links to interesting stories and items to keep you a readin', a bloggin' and a-twitterin' over the weekend. • The New York City Department of Education and the city teachers' union agreed to delay releasing to journalists reports showing the "value added" gains attributed to individual teachers, pending a Nov. 24 court ruling. Yesterday, the United Federation of Teachers sued to stop the release of the information. Meanwhile, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, said he supports the public release of the information in New York. • A bit of Common Core State Standards Initiative drama going ...


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