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August 09, 2015

Professional Development Is Useless! Or Not.

I have to say I'm grateful that I taught for 30 years in a district that did not try to help me "understand my weaknesses"--a process that all teachers go through, with varying degrees of introspective pain and effort, even those (perhaps especially those) who have long-term careers in the classroom. The implication here is that teachers' own assessment of their effectiveness is worthless--they're oblivious to or ignorant of their shortcomings. This is patently absurd.

February 25, 2015

Better Teaching, Higher Salaries, and Lower Costs? Analysis Says It's Possible

Giving the best teachers a few more students could theoretically boost teaching without breaking the bank. But there could be many challenges to doing so in reality.

February 03, 2015

Duncan's Teacher Ed Proposals Miss the Mark

The proposed regulations disregard evidence about what would help turn around teacher-prep programs, says A. Lin Goodwin.

February 03, 2015

Measure Teacher-Prep With the Right Metrics

Let's hold teacher-prep programs accountable for developing effective educators, Jennifer Green says.

February 02, 2015

Teacher-Prep Programs Need a Data-Driven Approach

To find out which programs need improvement, the government should collect specific data points on how graduates are doing in K-12 classrooms, write Elizabeth Arons and Danielle Pickens.

February 02, 2015

Successful Teacher-Prep Programs Require Solidarity

The proposed regulations rely on unreliable methods and ignore the need for institutional partnerships, Kevin Kumashiro argues.

January 07, 2015

Making Teaching a 21st-Century Career

Grant Newman works with districts and states to expand effective teaching. He shares his thoughts on how the nation can attract, keep, and develop top talent in the years to come.

July 01, 2014

New ED Research Partnerships Tackle Teacher IMPACT, Gritty Grades, and More

The U.S. Education Department is launching 18 new research partnerships around critical education issues.

February 04, 2014

Tennessee May Back Off Policy Tying License Renewals to Test Scores

Tennessee may scrap its new rules tying value-added measures to recertification.

January 13, 2014

Rep. Miller, Set to Retire, Had Key Hand in Federal Teacher-Quality Imprint

Rep. George Miller, who will retire at the end of his term, helped shape the congressional appetite for teacher-quality reforms.

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