The University of Michigan today unveiled a new organization that will help other programs, and the teacher-education field in general, develop a more systematic approach to training teacher candidates in 19 essential teaching skills.


Both a value-added teacher-effectiveness measure and a series of scored teacher observations bear a positive relationship to students' future academic achievement, according to a recently published paper in the journal Labour Economics.


A pair of amendments by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would draw something of a line in the sand on the issue of alternative routes to certification.


The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education has never been particularly enamored of this project, but as of this letter, it's clearly signalling members not to participate.


The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers both quickly praised the change, as did Republicans.


By guest blogger Liana Heitin In a vague press release, the National Education Association announced that it has linked up with the Alexandria public schools in Virginia to review the district's employee-compensation model, claiming this to be "a first of its kind partnership." Superintendent Morton Sherman cleared things up for me in a phone interview, explaining that the partnership evolved from a casual conversation he had with NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. At the time, Sherman, who emphasizes that he is firmly against merit pay because there have been "too many failed experiments" with it, said he was "looking for ...


A draft bill by Senate Education Chairman Tom Harkin would require states and districts to revamp teacher evaluations.


Fran Tarkenton, a Hall-of-Fame NFL quarterback, says teacher tenure gives employees no incentive to exceed expectations and perform better.


By Guest Blogger Liana Heitin Stephen thought his readers would be interested in a post over at Teaching Now about new-teacher induction. At a conference in Washington on Tuesday sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, advocates for strengthening new-teacher supports gathered in an effort to shift the teacher-effectiveness discourse—at least for the moment—from evaluation to induction, with some arguing that reform efforts should focus on developing great teachers rather than laying off ineffective ones. Read the rest of the post here....


Teach For America founder and CEO Wendy Kopp and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel had a substantive discussion about the teaching profession today, showing that while some of their strategies for improving it may differ, they're on the same page on many issues.


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