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July 29, 2014

Teachers Deserve Better Tools for Tracking Subskills

Most schools have no way to combine the assessment information from multiple sources in ways that are useful for driving instructional improvement or managing student progress. While this seems to be an easy problem to solve, there appear to be four significant problems.

July 22, 2014

A Frank Discussion of the Challenges for Colorado's Rural Teachers

Some rural Colorado teachers say rural areas present challenges to those attempting to live and teach in the community.

July 22, 2014

Is There a Mismatch Between Ed. Dept.'s Teacher-Equity Plans and NCLB Waivers?

NCLB waivers and Race to the Top look at outcomes, like a teachers' ability to improve test scores; a new strategy aims mostly at inputs, like years of experience.

July 21, 2014

Houston School District Targeting North Carolina Teachers

The district in recent months has trained its sights on North Carolina's teachers, who are among the lowest paid in the nation.

July 18, 2014

Year-Round Schooling: Why It's Time to Change

When public schools first started popping up in the U.S., they were considered secondary to other hands-on pursuits. Learning to read, write and perform basic arithmetic in classrooms was not equal to or greater than the actual work of building the nation and keeping up family farms.

July 12, 2014

Choosing Excellent Schools—Not Charter Versus District

Schools are not sports teams. For students, education shouldn't be a zero-sum game among adults. It doesn't have to be. Adult labels can be put aside in favor of better schools for students.

July 07, 2014

Philadelphia District and Teachers' Union Locked in Dispute Over Seniority

The dispute is taking place amid a growing national debate about teacher tenure rules. The district says it needs flexibility in making hiring and firing decisions, and tenure rules sometimes mean that new, committed teachers are let go in order to keep veteran teachers. The union says the district's policy violates its contract.

July 07, 2014

How Do We Hire the Very Best Teachers?

Think back on your education - all those years sitting in classrooms and diligently taking tests. If I asked you to name the best teacher you had, or to explain why that teacher was so great, could you do it?

July 07, 2014

Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

States will be required to submit new plans to address teacher distribution by April of 2015, or just a few months before the department likely will begin to consider states' requests to renew their waivers from the NCLB law.

July 03, 2014

In Final Keynote, Van Roekel Attacks Education-Reform Trajectory

Dennis Van Roekel says today's reform efforts aren't working, are too test-dependent, and that there are more productive ways to boost teacher quality.

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