I must apologize for my extended absence from blogging, thanks to a combination of delayed holiday travel and a sinus infection ('Tis the season to be, uh, jolly.) Fortunately, there's been a lot of interesting things going on out there on the Race to the Top. So we return to our regularly schedul...
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January 04, 2010
December 18, 2009
Florida's teachers' union will discourage affiliates from signing off on the state's Race to the Top plan.
December 17, 2009
To follow my previous post on the MOUs that states are beginning to create for their Race to the Top applications, it's quite interesting that some states are giving their teachers' unions seemingly much more leverage over whether or not the district will actually participate. Some states, like Col...
December 15, 2009
States want local unions to sign off on their Race to the Top Plans, but will affiliates agree to do so?
December 07, 2009
Colleague Anthony Rebora, over at Education Week's Teacher Magazine, is live-blogging the National Staff Development Council's annual conference. He has a really great post up about the definition of professional development in the No Child Left Behind law. Be sure to check it out, because althoug...
December 01, 2009
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shares his thoughts about federal teacher policy, including a $3 billion federal funding stream for supporting teacher quality, and teacher involvement in the shaping of performance-pay plans.
November 13, 2009
You may remember that I moonlight as Education Week 's assessment reporter in addition to covering teacher issues. Right now, I'm in Boston covering the U.S. Department of Education's first public forum on the $350 million that it'll be putting toward consortia of states that create common assessme...
November 12, 2009
The final Race to the Top guidelines are here! There are some interesting new details on the effective-teacher policies. And of the four pillars or "assurances" in the economic-stimulus legislation, teacher effectiveness, it turns out, gets the most weight (28 percent) in the scoring process. Let'...
November 09, 2009
Some critics think Wisconsin's effort to tear down a data "firewall" is too timid.
October 30, 2009
The U.S. Secretary of Education underscored at a forum that teacher evaluations should be based on "multiple measures" that would include student achievement alongside other factors, such as peer evaluations.