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Teacher Accountability

Field Guide to Anti-Teacher Trolls

Peter Greene | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The ongoing online debates about American public education have attracted all manner of commentator, from passionate defenders of traditional public education to dedicated reformsters. And, of course, teacher-bashing trolls.

Details of Duncan Equity Equality Plan

Peter Greene | Posted 07.10.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

This aspect of school reform has been lurking around the edges for some time-- the notion that once we find the super-duper teachers, we could somehow shuffle everybody around and put the supery-duperest in front of the neediest students.

Conservatives Don't Really Care About Improving Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Dale Hansen

No one is suggesting that we can't improve educational outcomes but pretending that a severely biased reading of an immaterial report somehow confirms the need for highly suspect partisan solutions could be the best example of where our school systems really do need to improve.

Rebecca Klein

Millennials Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

If American teachers are anywhere near as unimpressive as ambitious Millennials perceive them to be, then the state of public school education is quit...

WATCH: Jon Stewart Puts Michelle Rhee On Defense

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Last night, former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee stopped by The Daily Show to promote her memoir, "Radical." Host Jon Stewart's mother is a teacher, so he pressed Rhee on many of these policies, especially his (and teachers') dissatisfaction with the heavy emphasis on standardized tests.

The Year In Education: A Look Back At 2012

| Posted 03.04.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. In 2012, new teacher-evaluation systems and merit pay spread across the country. Technolog...

Syracuse Elementary Schools Get Rid Of Recess

Posted 09.10.2012 | Education

For Syracuse’s elementary school students, recess will no longer be part of the daily agenda, as the district’s master schedule for the new year m...

Deborah Kenny And Bill Cosby Talk Teachers, Education

Posted 09.25.2012 | Education

Educator and national activist Dr. Deborah Kenny was interviewed by Bill Cosby about her new book, "Born to Rise" at the National Charter Schools Conf...

Accountability

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

In our school and in education generally, we're like an orchestra of competent musicians who lack a score; we can each play well, but we're seldom playing the same thing at the same time, or looking to the same conductor.

Stop the Education "Blame Game": Let's Get Real About Accountability

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.17.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

If we want our teachers to succeed, we need to stop blaming them and offer new habits. Transforming our schools will demand real resources and real reform built on a commitment to change some of our behaviors.

Empower Effective Teachers -- Get Out of Our Way!

Larry Strauss | Posted 06.04.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

We cannot begin to fix our education system until we get everyone in power to recognize the falseness of the military-corporate-education analogy, until we accept the absolute stupidity of executive-ruled schools.

The Global Search for Education: Change Leader

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.25.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Michael Fullan has been working to identify the right drivers for whole system education reform. His paper, "Choosing the Wrong Drivers for Whole System Reform," has stimulated considerable interest from educators around the world.

Dennis Van Roekel: The NEA Plan For Teacher Accountability

| Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 11.20.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation’s The Learning Curve blog. Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, w...

Teachers Unions: All For Accountability... In Theory

Bob Bowdon | Posted 11.08.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

There's an easy way to predict whether teachers unions will oppose an accountability proposal. Just find out if the plan would lead to actual dismissals of poorly performing teachers.

Joy Resmovits

WATCH: Focus On Accountability In Schools Deemed Too Narrow

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Education policies pushing more tests haven't necessarily led to more learning, according to a new National Research Council report. "W...

Teacher Accountability: Father vs. Son

Tony Zini | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education
Tony Zini

I am in a back and forth via email with an individual with whom I have had vigorous debate on public education. The person I am talking about is my dad! It is a father/son smack down via the blogosphere!

Is 'Accountability' Only For Teachers?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.07.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The latest NYC school scandal doesn't involve test scores or arbitrary school closings, but something more relevant to the way in which schools are being run: the bottom line.

Meaningful Education Reform Needs Parents

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

Without support and buy-in from the school community, i.e. teachers, parents, and students, these turnaround initiatives are nothing more than a well-intentioned rearrangement of furniture.

Obama And Education Reform: Deborah Kenny Responds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Deborah Kenny, founder and chief executive of Harlem Village Academies, says the essential education takeaway from President Obama's State of the Unio...

Educational Productivity and the Reform Wars

Conor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Conor Williams

We can improve education without solving poverty first. Demographics are no excuse for ineffective education spending.

John Legend, Do Not Help the Accountability Hawks Drive Music From the Classroom

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Mr. Legend, yes we can close the achievement gap, but we can not do so by driving "Yes We Can" and other music from our poor schools.

One is Not Enough: Let's Get Teacher Accountability Right

Tony Zini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tony Zini

If we hope to truly create a world class educational system we must have accountability. This accountability must extend to all administrators as well.

The Best Way to Recruit Teachers is to Promote Teaching

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

I want to remind many teachers who are here now why they already are the best and the brightest. To do both takes promoting what makes teaching so wonderful and unique.

Waiting for the Teachers' Union

Joel Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel Klein

"Waiting for 'Superman' " shines a much-needed spotlight on the status quo and the people who benefit from and defend it.

Thriving Charter Schools Need Fairness, Not Favors

James Merriman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Merriman

Having become identified with charter schools, it is only human nature for the Department of Ed to be tempted to tilt the playing field in their favor. That would be a mistake.