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Teacher Quality

Supporting Great Teaching During Change

Teach Plus | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The adoption of college and career ready standards now invite the questions: How do teachers, students, and families know students are meeting these higher standards? What expectations have been communicated to teachers about what students should be able to do with what they have learned?

Why Can't We Talk About the Real Issues?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Education historian Diane Ravitch describes her blog as "A site to discuss better education for all." Apparently, however, she does not want to discus...

In Vergara's Wake, A New Role for Unions

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 08.13.2015 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

The national focus on teaching quality is gradually giving rise to the emergence of authentic opportunities for teacher leadership.

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.

Despite the Rhetoric, Teachers and Students Are Succeeding

Eric Cooper | Posted 06.02.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Teachers are demonized as "failures" in the classroom. Fortunately for all of us, more and more are banding together as agents for justice by believing in the inherent capacity of all students, and seeking strategies and instructional pathways to improve student performance through professional development and collaborative learning.

Recruiting Great Teachers Starts With Eliminating the Status Quo

Vince Bertram | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Vince Bertram

If the United States is to continue as a world leader, we must lead the world in education. And to provide the highest quality education, we must attract the highest quality teachers.

Joy Resmovits

This School District Is Hiring By The Thousands | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

Technology specialist Sara Boucher teaches about 1,000 students in classes as large as 45 at Steven G. Schorr Elementary School in Clark County, Nevad...

My Son's Teacher Is a Witch

Philip Kovacs | Posted 12.31.2014 | Education
Philip Kovacs

The mainstream media would have the American public believe that teachers are the problem with our public schools. That they are the witches conjuring up the destruction of America's competitive edge.

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.

On the Road To Term 4, Jerry Brown Dispenses With Kashkari and Rolls With Arnold Schwarzenegger

William Bradley | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

After kicking off the fall campaign with his latest Labor Day weekend tour, Governor Jerry Brown ... wait. That didn't happen. I don't know what Jerry Brown did on Labor Day weekend, but it wasn't that.

Why We're Still Talking About Campbell Brown

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

As Albert Camus wrote, "Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Whatever Ms. Brown's intentions are, they lack an understanding of both the current landscape of teaching in high-needs schools and of educational research. It's time to get some facts straight.

How Do We Hire the Very Best Teachers?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Note: Today's guest post comes to us courtesy of Joel Sacket, who has been helping organizations realize their digital visions for almost a decade. Jo...

Details of Duncan Equity Equality Plan

Peter Greene | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This aspect of school reform has been lurking around the edges for some time-- the notion that once we find the super-duper teachers, we could somehow shuffle everybody around and put the supery-duperest in front of the neediest students.

Joy Resmovits

Obama Plans To Tackle Major Education Inequality | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students o...

Yes, Virginia, There Are Bad Teachers

Peter Greene | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

"So I guess you just deny that there are any bad teachers at all." This is a popular retort to various forms of "Your system for evaluating teachers is a lousy system." It is a dumb retort. It is dumb in the same way the following exchanges are dumb.

Education Reformers Keep Saying They Want to Pay Teachers More -- Do They Mean It?

Peter Greene | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

You would think "Let's pay teachers more" would be a fairly straightforward proposal. We could raise state taxes or even use some of that free federal money that DC makes appear out of nowhere.

Joy Resmovits

Alarming Number Of Urban Teachers Are 'Chronically Absent' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a ba...

In Pursuit of Brown

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Eric Lerum

Lots of folks are reflecting on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. I first realized the true reach of Brown 12 years ago, when I w...

For Teacher Appreciation Week, Let's Vow to Invest, Reward, and Respect Teachers

Colleen M. Niccum | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Colleen M. Niccum

As we commemorate Teacher Appreciation Week, it's a good time to reflect: if we depend on teachers to develop the future workforce and help turn our children into productive members of society, what can we do about this problem?

Rebecca Klein

Millennials Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

If American teachers are anywhere near as unimpressive as ambitious Millennials perceive them to be, then the state of public school education is quit...

The Unintentional (or Intentional) Downsourcing of Teaching

Tony Zini | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Tony Zini

It is not difficult to see what is downstream from this strategy. This change will not only impact ineffective teachers, it will eventually lead to effective, qualified teachers being driven from the field. Why? The reason relates to how the financial forces in the free market operate.

Red Solo Cup, I Lift You Up

Sue Gober | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

When I became a college professor, the first teaching supplies I purchased were a red Solo cup, wooden tongue depressors and markers. Today, I am using this same technique in my college classes in our School of Education that Dr. Freiberg started earlier in K-12 schools.

Can White Educators Successfully Teach Black Boys?

Rae Pica | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
Rae Pica

The skin color or gender of a teacher doesn't really matter to the kids. All they want to know is that the teacher cares about them.

The Call to Teach: The Role of Technology

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

As far back as 2004, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, outlined technology standards to help support educator...

Lessons Learned in a College Classroom: Call Me By Name... Please?

Sue Gober | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Sue Gober

Let me set the scene: End of the semester. Busy students. Busy professors. Missed work is due -- in some cases, past due. True story pulled from my ...