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Teacher Evaluations

Chicago Teachers and Students Return to School: What Happened to Caring?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Having sat in on numerous school contract negotiations, I can tell you that the best contract agreement is when both sides walk away not feeling totally satisfied. That appears to be the case in Chicago.

Budget, Mass Layoff Fears Loom After Strike

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education

* 350,000 public school students return to classes * Labor pact piles more debt on deficit-ridden district ...

Value-Added Measures: A New Approach

Douglas N. Harris | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Douglas N. Harris

As in medicine, a value-added score, combined with some additional information, should lead us to trigger classroom observations to identify truly low-performing teachers and to provide feedback.

If Principals Can Do It, Why Can't We?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 09.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

It was encouraging to see LAUSD and the Administrators Association of LA strike a deal this week for evaluating public school principals. The question for us is clear: if we can do this for our principals, why can't we do this for our teachers?

As Chicago Teachers Strike Continues, Experts Weigh In

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. The teacher strike in Chicago, now in its second week, has become a nat...

Emmeline Zhao

Chicago Teachers Strike Marches On After Near-Deal Fails

HuffingtonPost.com | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education

The Chicago Teachers Union delegates decided Sunday night not to accept a deal for a new contract from Chicago Public Schools and made plans to resume...

Joy Resmovits

Talks Fail Yet Again As Chicago Teacher Strike Nears Full Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education

After a marathon session in Chicago's Hilton hotel, rank and file members of the Chicago Teachers Union spilled into the street at midnight central ti...

Boston Teachers Union, School District Reach Tentative Deal

Posted 09.13.2012 | Education

After two and a half years of stalled negotiations, the Boston Teachers Union and the School Department reached a tentative agreement Wednesday that w...

Teacher Evaluations At Center Of Chicago Strike

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

CHICAGO — Educators in Los Angeles just signed a new deal with the city's school district. So, too, did teachers in Boston. Both require perform...

Teachers' Unions Will Still Push Hard For Obama Despite Strike Tension

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. The head of one of the country's largest teachers unions knows all too well the frustratio...

End the Strike: Our Children Deserve a Quality Education

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 11.11.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

As the Chicago Teachers Union begins their strike, I can empathize with some of their demands. However, I do not believe the solution is to abandon our responsbility to our children.

Chicago Strike Spotlights Linchpin Of Obama Ed Policy

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 09.11.2012 | Education

-- One of the key disagreements driving Chicago teachers to the picket lines this week is also a central component of President Barack Obama's educat...

New D.C. Public Schools Initiative Aims To Attract, Retain High-Performing Teachers

Posted 09.06.2012 | Education

Under a new D.C. Public Schools “career ladder” initiative, high-performing teachers in low-income schools will see a streamlined process to salar...

School Principals' Workloads To Increase Under New Indiana Law

Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

Beginning this school year, Indiana principals’ job descriptions will include conducting annual teacher evaluations, under a law passed by state law...

Nearly 900 Districts Vie For $400 Million In Federal Ed Grants

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 08.31.2012 | Education

MIAMI -- Nearly 900 school districts across the nation intend to apply for a slice of close to $400 million in grants that the U.S. Education Departme...

Teachers Must Adapt To New Evaluation Models Where Tenure Does Not Protect

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio's new teacher evaluation system kicks in starting next year, teacher Tammy Schmidt may be joining her third-grade stu...

Justin Snider: Thinking We Know What We Test

| Justin Snider | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. An op-ed in The New York Times on August 20th, "Testing What We Think We Know," argued tha...

Joy Resmovits

Romney 'Better Positioned' Than John McCain Was On Education, Poll Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.21.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama is attacking presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on education this week in speeches, videos and radio adv...

Assembly Bill 5: A Giant Step Back for Teacher Evaluation in Los Angeles

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 10.20.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

The lightning speed at which our infamously slow state legislature is trying to pass a statewide teacher evaluation framework can only mean one thing -- lawmakers don't want anyone to understand what's really in there.

Solution-Driven Unionism

Randi Weingarten | Posted 08.17.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Education wars -- two words that should never be strung together -- are far too common in the United States. The primary casualties of such conflicts, as well as of mounting education cuts and misguided "reforms," are our students.

Beware the Gremlins in "Teacher Value Added" Models!

Philip C. Williams | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
Philip C. Williams

A number of seriously flawed prototypes are already being used to evaluate schools, individual teachers, and even teacher preparation programs -- sometimes with career-ending consequences.

Feds Open $400 Million Education Grant Competition To 'Anemic' Response

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to build on state-level reforms aimed at closing the education achievement gap, the Education Department opened its Race to the T...

L.A. Unified School District To Include Student Test Scores In Teacher Evaluations

Posted 07.26.2012 | Education

An agreement between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles teachers' union has been reached that would for the first time includ...

The Market for Teacher Voice

Allie Kimmel | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Allie Kimmel

The teachers unions are under attack -- and not just from Scott Walker. In addition to attacks from politicians, media, and the public, some teachers have also voiced criticism of their unions.

The Tennessee Story

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 09.22.2012 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

As Tennessee has shown, our children, our teachers, and our country will be better off when school leaders and educators finally undertake the challenging task of creating a meaningful and useful system for supporting and evaluating our nation's teachers.