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October 27, 2011

Gates: Teachers 'Want a New Bargain'

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bill and Melinda Gates expound on their foundation's efforts to identify and improve teacher effectiveness. In doing so, they offer a comparison to the practices they used in running a software giant: At Microsoft, we believed in giving our employees the best ...

October 27, 2011

Teachers Compete for $10K Innovation Award

Four teachers remain in a competition for a $10,000 classroom grant, which will be decided by a public online vote.

October 26, 2011

The 'Changing Landscape' of Teacher Evaluation

The National Council on Teacher Quality released a study today examining the "changing landscape" of teacher-evaluation policies--which have proliferated in the last two years--across the states.

October 25, 2011

The Waldorf Method: Passing on Technology in the Classroom

At the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, Calif., you might notice something missing from every classroom—computers!

October 25, 2011

Study: Minority Teacher Shortages Linked to Poor Working Conditions

A new analysis of federal data suggests that minority teacher shortages are caused not by a lack of minority candidates entering the profession but by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. The study, conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers Richard M. Ingersoll and Henry May, fi...

October 20, 2011

Should Schools Screen Teachers for Innovation?

Reflecting on some recent biz-tech reading he's been doing, Bill Ferriter questions whether schools are doing enough—if anything—to evaluate prospective teacher-hires by their potential for innovation. He's developed a few sample interview questions to help them along. Here's a good one: ...

October 07, 2011

What Does a Master Teacher Do?

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 ...

October 05, 2011

A Quarterback Scrambles on Tenure

Over at The Wall Street Journal, NFL player Hall of Fame quarterback turned entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton makes a contrary argument--that tenure hurts the teaching pool--which he illustrates with a football analogy.

October 05, 2011

New Evaluation System Faces Backlash

Tennessee's newly implemented teacher-evaluation program is getting a less than enthusiastic reception from many educators, with some even abandoning the classroom because of it, according to a story in The Tennessean. The new evaluation program, developed in connection with the federal Race to th...

October 04, 2011

Teacher Induction Advocates Extol ... Teacher Induction

At a conference in Washington on Tuesday, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, advocates for strengthening new-teacher supports gathered to shift the teacher effectiveness discourse, at least temporarily, from evaluation to induction.

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