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Teacher Quality

Proceed With Caution: New Report Falls Short in Complex Task of Evaluating Teacher Education

Dr. Michael J. Feuer | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Dr. Michael J. Feuer

There is surely room for improvement in the world of teacher preparation -- as there is in all professions -- but the NCTQ report provides an inadequate basis upon which to design and implement positive reforms.

What the Tribune Survey on Chicago Schools Really Says

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.26.2013 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

On many educational issues, Chicagoans aren't buying what the business-minded school reformers are selling. The future of public education, and by extension the future of the city, continues to be fiercely contested territory.

Two Cheers for President Obama's New Education Policies

John Thompson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

I support high-quality pre-school, but we should not repeat the errors of "reformers" who mandated risky top down policies without first contemplating the social science.

Pilot Episode of New #AskArne Video Series: Sec. Duncan Talks Gun Violence With a Teacher (Me)

Dan Brown | Posted 03.25.2013 | Education
Dan Brown

As a teacher and a parent, what our nation's education leaders think really matters to me. And with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about to begin a second term, it matters even more.

Joy Resmovits

Gates Foundation: Classroom Observation Of Teachers Is Extremely Unreliable

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

NEW YORK -- A few years ago, Bill Gates decided to learn more about whether a teacher's effect on student learning could be measured. Three years, 3,0...

Fairfax Teachers Say They Will 'Cheat' On New Evaluations

Posted 11.08.2012 | Education

Teachers in Fairfax County, Va. say they are so confused and overwhelmed by the new system of teacher evaluations that they will resort to cheating, t...

In Search Of High-Quality Teachers, Charter Network Trains Its Own

| Lillian Mongeau | Posted 12.24.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. OAKLAND, Calif. -- Amy Youngman's seventh- and eighth-grade humanities students had left f...

Leading the STEM Challenge

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

Despite the flurry of campaign attack ads claiming candidates are either job killers or job creators, one thing remains clear: If the United States is to hold a competitive edge in a rapidly changing global workforce, bolstering the nation's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is essential.

Teacher Evaluations: Putting a Nanny Cam in Each Classroom

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Blake Fleetwood

Teachers, like other professionals, don't want to be evaluated. Here's a technological solution: put a nanny cam in every classroom. And not just to trap them doing something wrong.

Joy Resmovits

Can Bad Teachers Get Better? Study Says Yes, In Math

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education

The question of what to do with bad teachers has stymied America's education system of late, sparking chaotic protests in state capitals and vitriolic...

Will Teachers Become Obsolete?

Larry Strauss | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

I remember thinking I was immune from obsolescence because I'm a teacher and children will always need teaching and a machine cannot do most of what we do. I still believe that, though I wonder now if I'm not living in a false sense of security.

Joy Resmovits

NEA's Dennis Van Roekel: We Can't Accept Unqualified Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.02.2012 | Education

After a few years of tremendous membership loss, the nation's largest teachers' union is reinventing itself. "Instead of waiting for someone to tel...

Millions Spent On Improving Teachers, But Little Done To Make Sure It's Working

| Beth Fertig and Sarah Garland | Posted 06.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Helping struggling teachers improve has become a big concern–and a big business–across...

Joy Resmovits

Are Teachers Prepared To Learn From Standardized Tests?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education

These days, it's not enough for teachers to know how to manage a classroom, impart knowledge and deliver lesson plans. In the wake of test-heavy po...

Thank You, Mr. Seigman

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

As we continue to cut public education in unimaginable ways, please remember the amazing teachers that shaped your lives. Let us help fight to enable teachers to continue to provide the highest possible instruction possible.

In Praise of Ordinary Teachers

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Terry Curtis Fox

The crisis in American education is really about how to find and retain and nourish ordinary teachers. They are the ones who do most of the work, have the greatest influence, and are under the greatest stress.

Maybe it's Time to Ask the Teachers?

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

We have never heard more policy rhetoric about developing, recruiting and retaining strong teachers. Ironically, our policies have also never done more to ensure that good teachers have little incentive to serve and stay in those schools.

Improving the Conditions for Teaching and Learning

Martin J. Blank | Posted 05.14.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

When there are distractions in the classroom and in children's lives, teachers have a harder time doing their job. That's not an excuse, that's reality.

Death by Algorithm

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.08.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

If the school reformers truly believe that teachers are the key to the success of children --- and I agree, they certainly are one of the keys --- then the reformers must reconsider the mindless application of the deadly algorithm.

VAMs: Building a New Social Order

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

It is now guaranteed that any child in a public school whose teacher is evaluated with VAMs will receive a bare bones curriculum, focused only on isolated skills.

Ending Bad Teaching: Releasing Teachers' Test Scores Is a Red Herring

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.27.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

During my six years of teaching middle school in a major urban school system, I never worked with a consistent team of teachers that provided high quality instruction all year long.

Substitute Shouldn't Mean Substandard

Adora Svitak | Posted 04.26.2012 | Education
Adora Svitak

We need to reward the "thankless job" of substitute teaching with better pay and chances for permanent positions. I look forward to the day when no student comes home saying, "I didn't learn much today... we had a sub."

Heeding the Evidence on Teacher Quality

John Thompson | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
John Thompson

If Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had had any idea what the latest Gates Foundation project would find, would he have gambled so heavily on test-driven policies in Race to the Top and his other "teacher quality" reforms?

On Reproductive Rights and the Over-Regulation of Teachers

Shaun Johnson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

I've made a few comparisons between other occupations and teaching to highlight some of the ridiculous rules and regulations imposed on educators as a...

Duncan To Announce Teacher Contest Focused On Quality

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday spelled out details of a proposed new $5 billion Race to the Top-style competition foc...