Teacher Shortages: Catastrophe or Opportunity?

Marc Tucker explains how current teacher shortages will ultimately be worse than any we have faced before because the causes are structural, not cyclical, and what we can do about it.


Organizations in Which Teachers Can Do Their Best Work: Part II

In the second of two pieces on school leadership, Marc Tucker discusses how the world's top performers are creating entire systems of school management and organization that produce world-leading results and what the U.S. can learn from it.


Organizations in Which Teachers Can Do Their Best Work: Part I

Marc Tucker discusses how to give school leaders the tools needed to build school organizations that get the best out of their teachers and students.


Dear Luke: A Letter to My Grandson on the Future He Faces

An upcoming trip with his grandson spurs Marc Tucker to consider the challenges young people will confront in the economic landscape that lies ahead.


Accountability 101: For Surgeons and Teachers

Accountability systems for surgeons have created perverse incentives leaving the best doctors increasingly unwilling to take on the toughest medical cases. The parallels to schools and teachers are clear.


Is There a Market in the United States for a Strong Instructional Core?

What's preventing U.S. states from investing in high quality instructional systems like the world's top performers? It could come down to dollars and cents.


ESEA Reauthorization: A Certain Gnashing of Teeth

Those anxious to reverse the aggressive federal role in education resulting from No Child Left Behind should not rush to simply push the pendulum as hard as possible in the other direction.


A Summer Reading List

A reading list to enjoy by the lake, the beach, or wherever you happen to spend the dog days of summer.


Why Some Economies Grow and Others Don't

This week Marc Tucker reviews a new book by Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann showing that quality of education has a major impact on a nation's economy


Civil Rights Advocates vs. Teacher Advocates: A Destructive and Unnecessary Conflict

In this final post in his series on annual accountability testing and students' civil rights, Marc Tucker turns his attention to the way this issue has divided the civil rights community and advocates for teachers and calls it destructive and unnecessary.


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