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Teach For America Fails Students and Recruits

Alan Singer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Promoting alternative pathways for recruiting teachers and attacks on the inadequacies of Schools of Education are among the hallmarks of the so-called education reform agenda.

Teach For America: Is The Next Generation Still Relevant?

Dan Butin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Dan Butin

So, yes, for better or worse, TFA will still be relevant for many years to come. We live in an imperfect world, and while TFA may not be a perfect solution, neither are the conditions for recruiting and retaining teachers in urban and rural schools.

Student Success Depends on State Leadership, Stronger Teacher Prep

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

With both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate having approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor to No Child Left Behind, Congress has clearly demonstrated that the success of school improvements depends largely on state leadership.

Let's Join Forces to Give Teachers the Preparation They Deserve

Chris Minnich | Posted 12.07.2015 | Education
Chris Minnich

I get the opportunity to visit schools across the country, and without fail, one of the things that teachers share is how unprepared they felt on their first day in the classroom.

Investing up Front: The School-Based Approach to Teacher Prep

Tamara Azar | Posted 10.05.2015 | Education
Tamara Azar

What does high-quality teacher preparation look like? As many researchers have reported, it is preparation that is job-embedded, practice-based, and focused on a core set of skills that are responsive to districts' needs. These are simple concepts, yet they are hard to find.

What Teachers Aren't Learning

Teach Plus | Posted 09.10.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Student ownership of emotions is the goal, but often children become frustrated because they cannot explain their feelings. Making emotional vocabulary available in the classroom helps.

A Manifesto for New Teachers

Dan Butin | Posted 08.06.2015 | Education
Dan Butin

This is a call to action, and a call for help, for new teachers. More than two hundred thousand brand-new teachers will walk into their very own classrooms in just a few short weeks.

To Baltimore Teachers: Thank You

Jennifer Green | Posted 05.06.2016 | Education
Jennifer Green

I'm so proud of all the great teachers that have helped Baltimore and the nation endure through this difficult time. And, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I again say thank you. Urban Teacher Center teachers are invaluable, and we applaud their continued efforts.

Does Anyone in Education Reform Care if Teaching Is a Profession?

Daniel Katz | Posted 06.06.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

Reformers act as if they believe that teaching is something you do in your twenties when you are idealistic and want to "give something back" -- and then you move on to a "real career" in some other sector.

Preparing Effective Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Nicole Thorpe Like so many teachers, when I first entered the classroom, I believed that I would be effective. Then I met Mohammed, and Jose, and ...

What Do Finland and Teach for America Have in Common?

Teach Plus | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Education schools in the U.S. should adopt a similar methodology for selecting teacher candidates as Finland and Teach for America. When two such distinct programs demonstrate above-average results, we should take notice. Revamping the way we select our teachers can play a big role in ensuring that we are placing a high-quality educator in front of every student in America.

Real Change Needed to Address Critical Challenges in Teacher Prep

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

The vast majority of schools of education currently are not operating at the levels necessary to ensure a strong pipeline of well-prepared, excellent educators, particularly those becoming teachers of record in high-need schools.

Arne and Barack Target Schools of Education

Alan Singer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Congress is Republican. ISIS is on the march. Common Core and high-stakes testing are under attack. The Affordable Health Care Act may be torpedoed by the Supreme Court. Arne Duncan and Barack Obama evidently need a softer opponent to pad their legacy. The hapless Knicks were probably not available for a pick-up basketball game.

We Need More Great Teachers

Matt Kramer | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Matt Kramer

We believe there is a tremendous amount that we can all do to ensure more individuals see this as the most critical and rewarding path they can take.

States Slow To Shut Down Weak Teacher Education Programs

edweek | Stephen Sawchuk | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published. When Michigan officials suspended six teacher education progr...

More People With Higher SAT Scores Are Going Into Teaching, Says Study

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

New York state parents and students rejoice: A new study says the academic ability of new teachers in the state has risen substantially in recent year...

Our Students Can't Wait; The Time To Revise Teacher Prep is Now

Teach Plus | Posted 01.31.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Claire Steinbeck When I completed pre-service training to become a teacher through the DC Teaching Fellows program, I performed well on rubrics ev...

Joy Resmovits

Teacher Training Is A Ridiculously Easy Way To Ace College, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

Majoring in education is an easy route to high college grades and graduation, says a new report that calls for higher standards in teacher preparation...

Moving Toward Better Teachers Begins With Better Teacher Preparation

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

Much attention is paid to related topics such as teacher tenure, due process, salaries, and external factors such as poverty. But not nearly enough focus is paid to teacher education and what it really takes to prepare a truly excellent teacher for the challenges of today's classrooms.

Preparing Future Educators: The Right Training as Foundation

Teach Plus | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Marisol Castillo During my first year as a teacher, when every day left me feeling spent, a veteran educator described overcoming challenges in te...

Preparing Tomorrow's Global Education Teachers

Ed Gragert | Posted 09.27.2014 | Education
Ed Gragert

Part of global competence is an awareness of the issues facing individuals around the world in order to better interact with these individuals with understanding and empathy, creating a global culture of peace, economic prosperity and security.

Room to Grow for Teacher Prep

TNTP | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education
TNTP

If last year is any indication, this will stir up a great deal of controversy among preparation programs and the policymakers who approve and regulate them--but it's the right conversation to have on a critical issue.

Examining Teacher Preparation...A View from the Classroom

Teach Plus | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Erin Lane The word preparation implies something finite - I have prepared this meal, now eat it. In preparing children for life, I'm less of a 'p...

Signing Off from One More Teacher Preparation Ranking

Robert C. Pianta | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Robert C. Pianta

It has become increasingly clear that NCTQ ratings and rankings are but one more compliance activity, like accreditation, foisted on teacher preparation programs. The activity takes valuable faculty and staff time away from real work with real students.

Joy Resmovits

How Teacher Prep Programs Are Failing New Teachers -- And Your Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

As education policymakers untangle the implications of last week's California court ruling that declared teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, an educ...