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September 02, 2014

Quitting the Evaluation Frenzy: Growing Teacher Quality Instead

Evaluations are not very useful for improving teacher quality, but we can merge them with professional development to help focus on the growth of teacher quality instead.

August 29, 2014

New Books Highlight Teacher Expertise

Elizabeth Green's Building a Better Teacher and Dana Goldstein's The Teacher Wars are two new books that address teaching and teacher policy.

August 29, 2014

Which Kind of Teaching?

How teaching practices are observed and evaluated can determine whether teachers shift to deeper learning approaches.

August 28, 2014

Special Educators in Pennsylvania Districts Set Strike Date

The special education teachers and staff in three Lehigh Valley districts have gone without a contract for a year.

August 27, 2014

Ten Percent Pay Cut Off the Table for Detroit Teachers

The district's emergency manager reversed course after the measure was criticized by both teachers and the state education superintendent. The pay cut was part of the most recent deficit-reduction plan the district submitted to the state.

August 19, 2014

School as Home, and the Unwritten Job Descriptions of Teachers in High-Needs Schools

Creating a "home" at school, a safety net for kids who may have limited parental supervision or positive role modeling, creates the best chance for students to succeed. For teachers, this represents an added layer of responsibility, one for which we can't expect recognition within our formal evaluations, but which is nonetheless a vital component of doing our jobs well.

August 14, 2014

With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel?

Teachers are getting an increasing amount of training to prepare for the common core, but that doesn't always make them feel ready to teach the standards.

August 14, 2014

Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core

A survey by the Education Week Research Center finds teachers less than enthusiastic about the quality of their common-core professional development, and about the alignment of their instructional materials to the new standards.

August 12, 2014

Wisconsin's Governors Race: Common Core, Teachers, and More

In her bid to unseat Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker, what positions is Democrat Mary Burke taking on key K-12 issues?

August 12, 2014

With Two Weeks to go, Clark County, Nev., Still Needs 650 Teachers

The district has asked the Nevada Department of Education to grant temporary licenses to teachers who need additional time to meet state certification, but the state has so far balked at the request.

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