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Half of new teachers leave urban classrooms within three years, just as they are beginning to have the strongest impact on student learning. Teach Plus is giving effective teachers a reason to stay.

Teach Plus is a national non-profit whose mission is to improve outcomes for urban children by ensuring that a greater proportion of students have access to effective, experienced teachers. Teach Plus runs three programs designed to place teacher leaders at the center of reform: Teaching Policy Fellows, the T+ Network, and T3: Turnaround Teacher Teams. The programs focus on demonstrably effective teachers who want to continue classroom teaching while also expanding their impact as leaders in their schools and in national, state, and district policy.

Teach Plus began with 16 founding teachers from urban district and charter schools in Greater Boston. Since its inception as a non-profit in August 2009, Teach Plus has grown to a network of more than 7,000 solutions-oriented teachers in Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis and Washington, D.C.

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The Test From an Adolescent Perspective

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 12:19 PM

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the report's major findings is that urban students spend an average of only 1.7 percent of the school year taking state and district-required tests. In...

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A Teacher's Perspective: Preparing our students through Tennessee's Common Core State Standards

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 11:07 AM

By Casie Jones

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Tennessee's Common Core State Standards make sense to me. Yet there has been some confusion about these higher expectations from the classroom to capitol buildings. Several members of the Tennessee legislature have recently taken a stance against the Common Core...

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The Role of Assessments in Special Education

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 11:07 AM

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the report's major findings is that urban students spend an average of only 1.7 percent of the school year taking state and district-required tests. In...

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Using Technology to Test Smarter

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 10:01 AM

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the report's major findings is that urban students spend an average of only 1.7 percent of the school year taking state and district-required tests. In...

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Testing Less but More Effectively

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:32 PM

In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the report's major findings is that urban students spend an average of only 1.7 percent of the school year taking state and district-required tests. In...

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Two Steps Back for Modernizing the Teaching Profession in Florida

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 4:11 PM

By Shafeza Moonab and Alice Johnson Cain

The growing national movement to elevate the teaching profession had the rug pulled out from under it this week when Florida released a portion of individual teachers' performance evaluations to the public as a result of a lawsuit filed by a newspaper. As...

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A Powerful Vision for NEA Teach Plus Fellows

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:29 PM

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By Rob Powers

We've all heard the old adage: sometimes the simplest explanation is the correct one. In other words, we can create a complicated hypothesis for why a particular situation unfolds, but often times the reality is clear and exactly what it...

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NEA Teachers Stand Proudly with Teach Plus

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 1:43 PM

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By Emilie Hill

I am proud to be one of the 53 NEA members working with Teach Plus as a "Future of the Teaching Profession" Fellow. Teach Plus regularly works with early to mid-career teachers and hears the same needs discussed time and...

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Educator Evaluation with Teacher Teams is a Powerful Combination

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:15 PM

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By Erin Dukeshire

When my school—the Orchard Gardens K-8 in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston—piloted the new Educator Evaluation system, I was optimistic about the changes. My past evaluations at other schools had been minimally helpful. I often heard critical feedback for...

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The Next Generation of Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 9:30 AM

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By Alexandra Fuentes

As we honor our nation's leaders on Presidents' Day, few of us stop and think about our presidents as they were at age seven or 15, sitting in a classroom learning to read, reason, and write.

I imagine...

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The Common Core In My Classroom: A Teacher's View

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 8:54 AM

By Catherine Tighe

As we leave our morning meeting, my kindergarten students decide which learning center they will go to. Some mumble a quick outline of their plan: "I'll go to the Lego area to finish making the tower I started yesterday," Jasmin says, while Michael considers going to...

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Cultivating Classrooms Where Students Feel Safe

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 10:59 AM

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By Susan Volbrecht

Teachers everywhere this week are struggling with how to engage students in discussions of two tragedies: the anniversary of the Newtown shootings, and the death of Nelson Mandela. These events reinforce our responsibility as educators to include civics...

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A Crossroads for Teacher Unions?

(5) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 8:59 AM

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As teacher unions step up their calls to stop the "corporate agenda" in education and to confront the "privatization" movement, there is a far more real and serious threat facing teacher unions. The threat comes not...

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Top Teacher Voice of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 12:58 PM

2014 is almost here, and we hope it will be the best year yet for teacher voice! Here are our picks for the top 12 must-read teacher voice articles of 2013...plus one for good luck!

1) "I Graduated From Sandy Hook and I'm Against Arming Teachers." Allison Rief,...

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Learning from the Experts: Teachers on Data, Part 3

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 4:38 PM

2013-11-12-Bookcover.jpgThis month, we're celebrating the release of the first book authored by Teach Plus teacher leaders!

Published by Harvard Education Press, Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America's Education Challenges is a celebration of teachers as change...

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Learning from the Experts: Teachers on Unions, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 3:48 PM

2013-11-12-Bookcover.jpgThis month, we're celebrating the release of the first book authored by Teach Plus teacher leaders!

Published by Harvard Education Press, Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America's Education Challenges is a celebration of teachers as change...

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Learning from the Experts: Teachers on Unions, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 3:03 PM

2013-11-12-Bookcover.jpgThis month, we're celebrating the release of the first book authored by Teach Plus teacher leaders!

Published by Harvard Education Press, Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America's Education Challenges is a celebration of teachers as change...

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Learning from the Experts: Teachers on School Leadership, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 11:40 AM

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This month, we're celebrating the release of the first book authored by Teach Plus teacher leaders!

Published by Harvard Education Press, Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America's Education Challenges is a celebration of teachers...

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Learning from the Experts: Teachers on School Leadership, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 11:13 AM

2013-11-12-Bookcover.jpg
This month, we're celebrating the release of the first book authored by Teach Plus teacher leaders!

Published by Harvard Education Press, Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America's Education Challenges is a celebration of teachers...

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Learning from the Experts: Teachers on Data, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 2:14 PM

2013-11-12-Bookcover.jpg
This month, we're celebrating the release of the first book authored by Teach Plus teacher leaders!

Published by Harvard Education Press, Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America's Education Challenges is a celebration of teachers...

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