California schools feeling the accountability squeeze are spending less time teaching science, despite the fact that educators say they recognize the importance of science instruction, according to a new report.
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November 01, 2011
October 07, 2011
Apropos the current buzz on teacher-coaching, the Arizona Republic interviews a Mesa educator who's actually doing it: As a master teacher, I provide professional development for the teachers on our campus. That means I teach an instructional or a learning strategy during an hourlong meeting once ...
September 28, 2011
Atul Gawande, the surgeon-writer featured in our recent first person piece about using checklists for reading instruction, has written another gripping New Yorker article with provocative insights that apply to both health care and education. This one is about coaching.
September 23, 2011
Two years ago, Deanna Jump, a Georgia kindergarten teacher with two kids in college, was struggling to make it from paycheck to paycheck. More recently, though, she has found herself rocketing up the tax brackets. Jump is still teaching kindergartenbut she is now also the top seller on Teach...
September 01, 2011
The current education reform ethos has centered on improving individual teachers' effectiveness and accountabilitythrough merit-pay programs and the use of value-added performance data, for example. But in an interesting article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Carrie R. Leana, a prof...
August 18, 2011
Elementary school principal Lyn Hilt praises Learning Forward's newly revised Standards for Professional Learning. In particular, she thinks the emphasis on "professional learning" (as opposed to the customary "professional development") could be transformative: Teachers are not to be treated as v...
July 29, 2011
The consensus at an education-policy forum on developing great teachers and leaders, held in Washington on July 27, was that teacher-centered efforts that support professional development and effective performance evaluations have the most impact on improving instruction. The briefing, hosted by two...
July 08, 2011
As part of a summer professional development series, Edutopia is offering free tutorials on Web 2.0 tools that are popular with teachers.
June 29, 2011
School-level incentives for teachers are potentially more effective than individual incentives, according to a pair of researchers who spoke yesterday at an education-policy symposium in downtown Washington. Participating in a panel discussion on "Making Teacher Incentives Work" hosted by the Am...
June 09, 2011
Bill Turque at the Washington Post writes about one D.C. public school's decision to adopt the Singapore Math program--and the many challenges that have come with it.