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April 18, 2012

Ed. Scholars: Common Core Presents Crucial Moment for Teacher Collaboration

On the Atlantic's National blog, University of Michigan education professors Jeffrey Mirel and Simona Goldin express optimism that the current movement towards a common curriculum could boost what they consider woeful levels of teacher collaboration in U.S. schools: One of the key differences be...

March 28, 2012

Teacher Blogger Gets Policy Say

Our Classroom Q&A blogger Larry Ferlazzo (who seriously seems to have more time in the day than the rest of us) has been appointed to California's newly launched Educator Excellence Task Force, designed to make recommendations on teacher evaluation and professional development (among other things)....

February 10, 2012

Studies: Educators Lagging in Teaching Higher-Order Skills

Cross-Posted from Teacher Beat, by Education Week's Stephen Sawchuk Could teacher evaluations begin to offer us the best portrait yet of what instruction actually looks like in America's classrooms? And what changes might such information spur in teacher preparation and on-the-job training? Those ...

January 12, 2012

How Much Should Teachers Make?

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof points to a new Harvard study finding that good teachers—as defined by value-added test score analysis—have a profound long-term effect on students. According to the study, he notes, an average-size 4th grade class with a strong teacher will go on...

December 20, 2011

The 'Queen Bee' of Kindergarten Admissions

Surely this tells us something significant about the current education climate (among other things): It seems that the most powerful person in New York City right now might just be one Elisabeth Krents, the 61-year-old admissions director of the Dalton School on the Upper East Side. It is she, as a ...

December 06, 2011

When Consultants Get in the Way of Teaching

Renee Moore, an award-winning educator in Mississippi, tells the story of a talented young African-American history teacher of her aquaintance who is being driven out of the profession because of his frustration with a state-appointed teaching consultant at his school.

November 30, 2011

N.Y. Principals Turning Against New Evaluation System

More than 650 principals in New York have signed a letter protesting the new teacher-evaluation system the state is implementing as part of its Race to the Top agenda, according to an article in the New York Times. Points of contention include the allegedly haphazard way the system was put together,...

November 22, 2011

Book Notes: Steve Jobs Blasted Teachers' Unions, Planned Digital Textbook Feature for iPad

Apparently Bill Gates isn't the only personal computing pioneer to have expressed strong concerns about the ability of America's public schools to prepare students for the economic future—and to lay a good part of the blame on teachers' union regulations. Toward the end of his bestselling biogr...

November 21, 2011

Have Parents Thrown Teachers Under the Bus?

Recent education reform initiatives have focused heavily on the alleged shortcomings of the teaching profession. But New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman points to new research suggesting that there's considerable room for improvement outside the classroom as well. He quotes from a multi-country...

November 17, 2011

Should Your Value-Added Rating be Public?

An issue brief from the Center for American Progress argues that publicly identifying teachers in connection with their value-added student test-score ratings (a la The Los Angeles Times) may actually undermine efforts to improve teacher quality. By giving too much weight to one, not entirely perfec...

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