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Teacher Quality

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...

Tenure Rights Weaken As States Look To Fire Teachers Who Aren't Performing

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — America's public school teachers are seeing their generations-old tenure protections weakened as states seek flexibility to fire te...

Let Teachers Teach

Larry Strauss | Posted 03.16.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

Anyone who ever finds him or herself asking teachers to do anything other than teach students ought to do so with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Leading the Profession

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

The status quo in public education isn't working. Not for students -- and not for educators. Now, more than ever, our schools need a highly skilled and effective teaching force to guide students in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Do Teachers Really Come From the "Bottom Third" of College Graduates?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.25.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Despite the ubiquity of the "bottom third" and similar arguments (which are sometimes phrased as massive generalizations, with no reference to actual proportions), it's unclear how many of those who offer them know what specifically they refer to.

The Year in Research on Market-based Education Reform: 2011 Edition

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

If 2010 was the year of the bombshell in research in the three "major areas" of market-based education reform -- charter schools, performance pay, and value-added in evaluations -- 2011 was the year of the slow, sustained march.

The NEA's 'New Professionalism'

Richard Lee Colvin | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education
Richard Lee Colvin

An NEA commission report released last Thursday appears to depart from union positions on seniority; tenure; performance pay; student achievement as a factor in evaluations; and the role of teachers in evaluating their colleagues.

Teacher Evaluations Key To Chances For No Child Left Behind Waivers

Education Week | Stephen Sawchuk | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education

Where their teacher-quality proposals are concerned, the fates of the 11 states that have bid for waivers of core principles of the No Child Left Behi...

Where do teachers come from?

John Merrow | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Our teachers come from an elite group -- college graduates -- to begin with. Where they rank within this elite is the issue, and it's simply unfair to suggest that a large group of people in the top third is somehow fundamentally flawed.

Has Teacher Quality Really Declined Over Time?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

Although the argument that "teacher quality" has declined substantially is sometimes taken for granted, its empirical backing is actually quite thin, and not as clear-cut as some might believe.

States Grading Teachers More Stringently, Using Numerous Measurements

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — Teachers and principals are worrying more about their own report cards these days. They're being graded on more than student test ...

Joy Resmovits

Teach For America Gives Detroit A Second Try

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.17.2011 | Detroit

When Brenda Belcher, principal of the new Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine, interviewed Mo Torres this past summer for a position t...

Why Can't School "Reformers" Listen to Education Experts?

John Thompson | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
John Thompson

This week's debate between Eric Hanushek and Diane Ravitch exemplifies the tendency of true believers in data-driven policies to refuse to communicate with educators.

The Global Search for Education: A Look at a Finnish School

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.01.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

If you thought you knew everything about the remarkable transformation of Finland's schools from mediocre to one of the top performing school systems in the world, think again.

Joy Resmovits

Education Law Passage Contingent On Outside Political Forces

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.27.2011 | Education

Though getting a sweeping federal education bill out of a Senate committee feels momentous given Congress's heightened partisan atmosphere, Senators T...

Disruptive Schooling

Nancy Pine | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Nancy Pine

We envy the academic achievement level in China. There are many reasons for their achievement. But one is that instructional time is respected. The teachers teach -- uninterrupted. Not a second is lost.

Don't Let Congress Turn Back the Clock on Teacher Quality

John Affeldt | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
John Affeldt

Let's hope Congress corrects the mistake it made last year and finally fulfills the promise to provide all students with qualified and effective teachers. Our future depends on it.

Honoring Teachers -- Again?

John Merrow | Posted 12.04.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Would you believe that tomorrow we are expected to put aside our own important work and honor teachers? That's right, we're supposed to drop everything and pay homage to those lazy, overpaid, 'we've-got-tenure-and-you-don't' incompetents.

The Global Search for Education: More from Canada

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.27.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The U.S. cannot improve its education system for all or even most children by keeping its present focus on charter schools, more testing, teacher evaluation and union bashing. None of those feature in the best-performing countries.

Joy Resmovits

The Education Of Arne Duncan

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.09.2012 | Education

CLEVELAND -- On a recent Wednesday afternoon in the auditorium of Eastern Technical High School, where 1,000 people had come to hear him speak, Arne D...

Sam Stein

Michelle Rhee's Key Hire Finds Difficulty In Diffusing Union Distrust

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attempts to bridge the divide between self-styled education reform groups and teachers unions, backed by progressive organizations, hit ...

Bring Teachers' Pay Into This Century

Sen. Michael Bennet | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
Sen. Michael Bennet

When women had to choose between becoming teachers or nurses, we could convince them to teach Julius Caesar for 30 years with a small salary. Not anymore.