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3 Lessons I've Learned in My 4 Years as a Teacher

Elsie Owolo | Posted 05.21.2017 | Education
Elsie Owolo

After four years of teaching, I have had time to reflect on my entry into the education profession. More importantly, these four years have taught me so much about myself and the educational landscape of our nation.

Astoria Characters: The New Father

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.18.2017 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Kyle Marshall is still new at this father stuff, and he wants to make sure he's doing a good job.

How Not to Reform Teacher Tenure

Peter Greene | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

TNTP have decided to stake out a middle ground on the tenure wars, claiming that we don't need to eliminate it -- just fix it. And to that end, they have eight proposals to create "a more balanced system." It's all in this very fancy "paper," which I am now going to "respond to" in this "blog post."

A Career Path for Every Great Teacher

TNTP | Posted 07.25.2014 | Education

By Paul Friedmann, Guest Blogger This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. At TNTP, we believe that a worthy teaching profession should...

Rebecca Klein

School Districts Are Paying Teachers Incorrectly, Report Says | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

Nearly 90 percent of America’s school districts have a major problem, according to a report released Tuesday. They're paying teachers incorrectly. ...

Embracing Our Own Big Data

TNTP | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education

It can be challenging to embrace the idea that your data might illuminate things you don't want to see--the strategy that isn't working, or the staff members who aren't happy. But we've found that often, the information that's toughest to swallow sparks the greatest growth.

Can Teachers Learn Grit?

TNTP | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education

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.

Changing the Game With School Design

TNTP | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education

By Ben Jackson This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. If you ask 100 people to picture a baseball diamond and imagine where each pla...

Building a Vision of Great Science Teaching

TNTP | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education

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 cla...

The TNTP Core Rubric in Action

TNTP | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education

By David Malbin This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Back in February, we introduced the TNTP Core Teaching Rubric, a radically si...

I Choose to Teach

TNTP | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education

I hope there's no doubt in my students' minds -- based on what they see me do in our class every day -- that I love to teach. But what does our collective behavior as a nation tell our students about the profession of teaching? What does our actual language reinforce about it?

Room to Grow for Teacher Prep

TNTP | Posted 08.19.2014 | Education

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.

The Principal and the Parents

TNTP | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education

Jessica's thoughtful approach to engaging with the local community is an important piece of her story. When she takes over as the principal of Stearne next fall, she'll have the advocacy efforts of local parents to thank for it.

The Real Lesson of Vergara

TNTP | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education

California and other states across the country should respond by making the best interests of students the guiding principle behind their education policies. They need to find a better balance between what teachers deserve and what students need.

10 Awards for Great Teachers

TNTP | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education

This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. At TNTP, we’re obsessed with great teaching. That’s why we founded the Fishman Prize for S...

Once a Welder, Now a Teacher

TNTP | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education

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

For Top Teachers, Hire Early

TNTP | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education

By Nichole Cooley, Jamie Heath and Emily Tomes. This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Sherwood Middle School is located in South Me...

My Classroom, Not My Island

TNTP | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education

As a woman of color and a life-long Chicagoan, I try to present to my students a curriculum that is both academically rigorous and culturally relevant. I teach for a better, more tolerant world, and because I know my students are capable of wrestling with the “heavy,” I never hesitate to bring it into our classroom.

Meet the Fishman Winners!

TNTP | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education

This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. We’re in a very good mood around here at TNTP. That’s because this week, we have the honor...

Evaluation's Week in the News

TNTP | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education

By Erin Grogan and Cassandra Coddington This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Measuring teacher effectiveness is complicated. That...

Denver Aims High for Shared Leadership

TNTP | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education

By Heather Barondess This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Let’s say you’re a teacher who has been in the classroom for six yea...

Teacher Appreciation All Year

TNTP | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education

By Shira Fishman, Guest Blogger This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Shira Fishman teaches math at McKinley Technology High School...

Building a More Diverse Reform Movement

TNTP | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education

Diversity in education matters for a whole host of reasons. Nationwide, more than 40 percent of students are children of color, compared to less than 20 percent of teachers.

Millennials to Teaching Profession: Shape Up

TNTP | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education

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.

North Carolina, Your Teachers Are Worth More

TNTP | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education

Here's something education reformers, union leaders and pretty much anyone paying attention can agree on: Teachers in North Carolina deserve a raise.