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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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Learning Multiple Strategies to Teach Math

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:05 AM

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By Audrey Jackson

We've all heard this from someone we know: "I'm so bad at math, I just don't get it." We sympathize or agree, despite the fact that numbers and reasoning are integrated into so many aspects of our lives, from...

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New (School) Year Resolutions Part 4

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 10:23 AM

As students and teachers return to the classroom for the 2014-15 academic year, Teach Plus teachers across the nation reflect on their goals and aspirations in a series of New (School) Year Resolutions.

Pam Chirichigno
Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship alum, LA

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New (School) Year Resolutions Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 11:19 AM

As students and teachers return to the classroom for the 2014-15 academic year, Teach Plus teachers across the nation reflect on their goals and aspirations in a series of New (School) Year Resolutions.


Alexandra Fuentes
HS ELL/Biology Teacher, Alexandria, VA
Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship Alum

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New (School) Year Resolutions Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:18 AM

As students and teachers return to the classroom for the 2014-15 academic year, Teach Plus teachers across the nation reflect on their goals and aspirations in a series of New (School) Year Resolutions.


Josie Malone
HS English Teacher, Washington, DC
Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship...

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Teach Plus Teachers Share New (School) Year Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:56 AM

As students and teachers return to the classroom for the 2014-15 academic year, Teach Plus teachers across the nation reflect on their goals and aspirations in a series of New (School) Year Resolutions.


Jacob Pactor
HS English Teacher, Speedway, IN
Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship...

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Preparing Future Educators: The Right Training as Foundation

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 10:50 AM

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By Marisol Castillo

During my first year as a teacher, when every day left me feeling spent, a veteran educator described overcoming challenges in teaching as concentric circles. As soon as you master one circle, another one requiring mastery presents itself. While...

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Recruiting Late-Career Professionals to Teaching

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 10:57 AM

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By Daniel DeShon

Over the hill. Past his prime. As someone who came to the teaching profession in my fifties, I have heard all of these comments and more. I, however, see my age as an advantage. Late-career professionals bring with them...

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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

(0) 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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