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September 28, 2011

Doctor's Orders: Fund Teacher-Coaching Programs

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

Teacher Makes $230,000 on Lesson Plans

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 kindergarten—but she is now also the top seller on Teach...

September 01, 2011

Teacher Collaboration: The Missing Link in School Reform?

The current education reform ethos has centered on improving individual teachers' effectiveness and accountability—through 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

Seeing Teachers as Learners

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

'No Silver Bullet' for Great Teaching

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

PD Opportunity: What's in a Wordle?

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

Researchers: School-Level Incentives Unite the 'Tortoise and Hare'

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

Singapore Math Tough to Adopt

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.

April 19, 2011

I Took a PD Course and All I Got Was This Stupid Certificate

Is it fair to ask teachers to implement differentiated learning for their students when many school systems don't customize professional development learning experiences for their teachers? Bill Ferriter explores this topic in his latest blog post in The Tempered Radical, in which he argues that "le...

March 25, 2011

Why Isn't the U.S. Proud of Its Teachers?

Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond, who also attended the International Summit on Teaching in New York last week, has posted a blog post highlighting positive rhetoric used by the foreign guests in reference to teachers. In a statement rarely heard these days in the United States, the Finni...

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