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May 03, 2013

Poll: AFT Members Support Both Common Core and High-Stakes Moratorium

In an encore to American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten's speech in New York City this week, which called for a moratorium on high stakes linked to common-core testing, the union released the results of a poll on how members perceive the new standards.

April 30, 2013

Weingarten: Wait a Year-Plus on High Stakes Around Common Core

This morning, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten gave a speech in New York City in which she called for a moratorium on high stakes associated with the impending common-core tests.

March 19, 2013

'LessonCasts': Flipped PD for Teachers

Here's a teacher professional development idea that I hadn't heard of before. And it comes in three-minute chunks called LessonCasts.

March 14, 2013

Teachers' 'Core' Concern: The Tests

In reporting for a recent story package on "Common-Core Instructional Opportunities," we found that many teachers are happy with the standards, but scared about the tests.

January 16, 2013

Research Review: Teacher Expectations Matter

A research review by the Education Commission of the States finds that teachers' expectations—often based on factors including race, ethnicity, and family income levels—can significantly affect students' academic performance.

January 11, 2013

Analyst: Teachers Aren't Getting Enough Training in Data Use

A follow up on the question of how well teachers are being trained to make use of all the student data they are now receiving.

January 10, 2013

The Student-Data Overload

For most teachers today getting enough student data is no longer a problem. Knowing what to do with all of it is.

January 08, 2013

National-Board Certifications Hit 100K Mark

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 4,980 teachers earned national-board certification in 2012, pushing the total number of educators who hold the advanced professional certification to more than 100,000. In its announcement, the NBPTS also highlighted a rec...

November 20, 2012

Formative Assessment-Friendly Scheduling

The Oregonian provides a glimpse into a school district that has instituted a late-start for students on Wednesday mornings so that teachers can get together for mandatory data-team meetings.

July 27, 2012

New Ideas for Improving Teachers Instead of Firing Them

Ray Fisman, a professor of social enterprise at the Columbia Business School, points to recent research suggesting that—pace the heated rhetoric of some school reformers—'there may be perfectly viable ways to improve overall instruction in schools without firing low-performing teachers.

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