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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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Licensure System Should Promote Student Achievement

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:21 PM

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By Talmadge Nardi


The "License to Transform" policy brief just released by Massachusetts Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows recommends significant changes to the state's current licensure system. As Massachusetts classroom teachers, the Policy Fellows are hoping to lend their firsthand...

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Bridging the Gap Between Testing and College and Career Readiness

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:25 PM

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By Caroline Corcoran

As a teacher who has to administer many tests (interim tests, end of unit tests and state standardized tests, to name a few), I am pretty confident about my ability to predict what will show up on a test. I...

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Examining Teacher Preparation...A View from the Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:26 PM

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By Erin Lane

The word preparation implies something finite - I have prepared this meal, now eat it. In preparing children for life, I'm less of a 'preparer' and more of an amalgamation of other roles - coach, guide, source of motivation, counselor...

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A Glimpse of Common Core in the Special Education Classroom

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 11:19 AM

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By Lindsey Siemens

"They can't do that...they can hardly read!" I had just told a colleague about a string of lessons I was preparing to teach, during which my students would need to merge the concepts of the Jewish Holocaust and the Civil...

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A Moratorium on Education Loses the Game

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 12:58 PM

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By Casie Jones

You eat, breath, and sleep football--that is daily life when preparing for a championship game, practicing to be the best team possible. The game is in sight and winning is the only option. That is, until the tournament council postpones...

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Common Core Possibilities... From the Sidelines

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Teach Plus celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with a series of op-eds from teachers around the nation.

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By Thomas Hakim

This Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to recognize eight Sontag Prize teachers from different states who helped inspire new, thought-provoking mathematics lessons for my...

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Celebrating Collaborative Teacher Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:59 PM

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By Kylie Alsofrom

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, it is important for us to stop and appreciate the ever-increasing challenges of being an educator today. Despite the challenging adjustment to Common Core State Standards for both teachers and students, my math team...

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Common Core Field Testing: an Uncommon Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:15 AM

Teach Plus celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with a series of op-eds from teachers around the nation.

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By Pam Chirichigno

Teacher Appreciation Week is designed for parents and communities to show their gratitude for the hard work that is involved in educating the next...

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The nuances of testing in low-performing schools

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:12 AM

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By Josie Malone and Wagma Mommandi

It is testing season; conversations on the merits and follies of high-stakes testing are unfolding in districts across the country as students are busy filling in bubbles, erasing...

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Common Core standards: A path to success for all students

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:42 AM

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By Brittany Morse

I began my teaching career in a rural town in New Mexico on the border of a Navajo reservation and then went on to teach at two different charter schools in Boston. While my third graders in New Mexico were...

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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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