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Regulations That Walk the Walk

TNTP | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education

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

By 'Common,' We Mean Equity

TNTP | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education

When I first started teaching history as a New York City Teaching Fellow more than ten years ago, I walked in ready to give my high school students the same kind of education I had received at an elite private school in the Boston suburbs.

The Springtime Teacher Shuffle

TNTP | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education

In most large districts with shifting student enrollment, school-year budgets are unpredictable, so districts cut some teaching positions in the spring in anticipation of serving fewer students the next school year.

New Skills, the Second Time Around

TNTP | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education

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.

Inflated Ratings Don't Make the Grade

TNTP | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education

This week, Indiana became the most recent state whose teacher ratings, based on a new evaluation system, has come back with nearly all teachers designated effective or highly effective.

Can Better Questions Lead to Better Teachers?

TNTP | Posted 06.10.2014 | Education

If you ask 100 aspiring teachers that question, you won't get 100 distinct answers. You'll get probably three or four, presented in 100 slightly different ways. It's an important question, but a broad one -- and it tends to elicit equally broad responses.

Our Top 10

TNTP | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
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While we're breaking out the cake and ice cream to celebrate, here are our top 10 posts from the first year, in case you missed any of them.

Stand Tall, John King

TNTP | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education

To understand, you need to know John King. He does not see himself as an appointed official navigating the notorious politics of Albany. He still sees himself as a boy whose life was changed -- and possibly saved -- by great public schools.

Focusing On a Fast Start

TNTP | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education

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 tea...

Putting Common Core Tests to the Test

TNTP | Posted 05.25.2014 | Education

By Sam Firke This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Here’s a question you probably know the answer to: Until recently, many standa...

Discipline and Diversity

TNTP | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education

By Anashay Wright This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. I grew up here in Atlanta, where I graduated from Cedar Grove High School i...

Fixing the Right Retention Crisis

TNTP | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education

Good schools cannot be run without good teachers, yet we let them slip out the door every day. We lose far too many outstanding early career teachers who could give us years of fantastic service.

Paperwork Does Not a Teacher Make

TNTP | Posted 05.09.2014 | Education

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.

A Leadership Challenge in Newark

TNTP | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education

How do we make room for bold and inspirational public servants if those who dare to take on big issues become largely vilified -- like Cami Anderson?

Unleashing Leadership in Camden

TNTP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education

By Tonya Horton This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Camden is a city on the rise. The small New Jersey city has struggled with po...

It Takes Two

TNTP | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education

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.

The Ripple Effect

TNTP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education

Debates about education often start with -- and stick to -- abstract notions of opportunity and equity. So when economists take a hard look and crunch the numbers on reform, we take notice.

You're Going to Need a Smaller Rubric

TNTP | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education

By Tim Daly From all the attention on teacher evaluation that focuses specifically on the use of student test results, you might think the other comp...

Fixing the Culture of Testing

TNTP | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education

By David Keeling This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Tests aren’t really the problem; the culture of testing is. That’s the...

Sending Teachers Back to Class

TNTP | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education

The ATR pool and its steep price tag isn't new -- my organization first wrote about it more than six years ago -- and virtually everyone agrees that the city should stop paying teachers not to teach. The trickier question is how exactly to close the ATR pool.

California's Students Get Their Day in Court

TNTP | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education

In watching video from the trial, my sense as an education lawyer is that the plaintiffs have a formidable case. California could be in for some seismic policy changes.

Transforming Education Requires Talent at Every Level

Scott Morgan | Posted 05.30.2014 | Impact
Scott Morgan

We will never build high-performing school systems if we drive away our top teachers at such alarming rates. The education sector must become a talent magnet that draws great people to the teaching profession and retains top performers.

Better Wages and Better Schools

TNTP | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education

By Tim Daly This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog. Members of Congress are preparing for a debate in 2014 over raising the federal min...

Rebranding Common Core

John Thompson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The reform public relations spin machine has struggled recently as more families reject top-down micromanaging of their children's schools. Common Core standards were originally sold as a corrective to the rote instruction encouraged by NCLB. Now Common Core is promising "tests worth teaching to."

Joy Resmovits

America's Teachers May Be Getting Smarter | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

American teachers may be getting smarter. Still, scrutiny of their work and cries to overhaul the education system intensify. The education ref...