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The Death (and Potential Life) of Teachers of Color

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

We need to connect with our students of color, and model explicit ways for them to become successful, intelligent teachers they could be.

Wisconsin Teacher Training?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

In Wisconsin as well as in many other states, in order to become a teacher in grades 6 through 12, it is necessary to undergo courses in teacher training. Under Scott's proposal this notion was set on its head, since it provided that those hoping to become teachers did not need to take any college-level teacher-training courses.

NCTQ (Finally) Gets Formally Rated, and It Isn't Pretty

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.03.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

NCTQ "rates" teacher training programs based upon artifacts. An NCTQ rating does not require a site visit. NCTQ even hires students and others to gather the superficial information upon which it bases its ratings.

These Schools Are Rethinking How They Train Their Teachers

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 04.14.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

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.

Should We Be Medicating Our Young Students?

Diana Grycan | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
Diana Grycan

I know some children really need the help of medication, but I also know that teacher training is often minimal, and teachers need skills to help their students, not pills.

Teachers as Professionals in Evidence-Based Reform

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Teachers need not be researchers to contribute to their profession. By participating in networks of like-minded educators -- implementing, continuously improving and communicating about practical approaches intended to improve outcomes of proven approaches -- they play an essential role in the improvement of their profession.

Scaling High Quality Teacher Education: Balancing Technology With The Human Touch

Archana Iyer | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Archana Iyer

For every child to have the opportunity to attain an excellent education, we need our teacher education to empower our teachers with belief in the potential of every child, to offer best-in-class pedagogical practices, and to enable them to take ownership of their own development journey.

Rebecca Klein

White House Wants To Make Sure Schools Do A Much Better Job Of Preparing Future Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

Amid long-running concerns that it’s too easy to become a teacher, the White House on Tuesday evening announced new draft regulations that could ove...

Coaching Mrs. Pierre

TNTP | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
TNTP

By Ashley Cowger The first day I observed Mrs. Pierre’s math class at H.L. Harshman Magnet Middle School in Indianapolis Public Schools, I l...

Can Teachers Learn Grit?

TNTP | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

Grit is using perseverance again and again to develop toward long-term goals, and it's a strategy that might become a trait over time. Teachers and students alike can leverage grit to sustain their effort toward long-term goals, even when frustration or failure arises.

Building a Vision of Great Science Teaching

TNTP | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
TNTP

By Sara Bokhari This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Last fall, I found myself standing in the back of a middle school science c...

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.

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.

Once a Welder, Now a Teacher

TNTP | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
TNTP

By Jennifer Heuertz This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. What happens when you put high school students in classrooms led by pra...

Diverse Conversations: Training Tomorrow's Educators

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

It's an unavoidable reality that today's students will be tomorrow's educators. The professors involved in teacher training initiatives and teacher ed...

Millennials to Teaching Profession: Shape Up

TNTP | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
TNTP

I know that there are irreplaceable teachers in every district in the country, and I'm in awe of their abilities in the classroom. But they need company.

Regulations That Walk the Walk

TNTP | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
TNTP

On Friday, the federal Education Department (ED) announced its intent to issue new regulations to change how it oversees, regulates and funds tea...

New Skills, the Second Time Around

TNTP | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
TNTP

Norma Toner had what she thought were all the necessary elements to teach middle-school math: after a career in the business world, she had three years of teaching experience, plus a master's degree in education.

Principals Actually Spend Very Little Time Helping With Classroom Instruction

edweek | Lesli Maxwell | Posted 03.28.2014 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Week, where it was originally published. This year, Principal Jennifer Hammond and her team of assista...

Focusing On a Fast Start

TNTP | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
TNTP

By Karolyn Belcher This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. When I was a school leader, I always tried to minimize the number of new t...

Paperwork Does Not a Teacher Make

TNTP | Posted 05.09.2014 | Education
TNTP

It is to the benefit of everyone to build on states' new performance standards and multiple-measure evaluation systems to grant or renew licenses based on success with students.

It Takes Two

TNTP | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
TNTP

Instead of watching and then offering feedback after the fact, we jump in to temporarily lead a class when a new teacher needs to see a critical technique done right, right away--and then spend our time together afterwards practicing until it's perfect.

Preparing California's Teachers: Is U.C. Doing Its Part?

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education
Robert Shireman

While UC campuses produce a full third of the state's bachelor's degrees they issued fewer than 13 percent of the new teaching credentials.

A Letter to Teachers

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

What I would say to my former student self? More importantly, what would I have wanted someone to say to me? Here's what I would say to anyone about to become a teacher.