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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.

Entries by Teach Plus

Preparing Effective Teachers

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 10:13 AM

By Nicole Thorpe

Like so many teachers, when I first entered the classroom, I believed that I would be effective. Then I met Mohammed, and Jose, and Efrain. Mohammed was defiant. He refused to do work, disrupting the learning of my other...

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What Do Finland and Teach for America Have in Common?

(13) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:51 AM


By Jon Alfuth

It was 2010, my senior year of college. I was young and idealistic, and I'd just made the decision to apply to Teach for America (TFA), an alternative certification program that recruits everyone from college graduates to professionals who...

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Essential Assessments

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 10:18 AM


By Clare Berke
If your family is anything like mine, conversations at the dinner table eventually move from pleasantries to politics. Recently, I was sitting in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, with my in-laws and their close friends, when the subject...

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The Benefits of Lengthening the Tenure Process for California Public School Teachers

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:51 AM

By Camille Hommeyer

For a teacher in the Los Angeles public school system, tenure is an incredibly important benefit. In an environment where budget-related lay-offs and changes in administration are common, tenure gives us unmatched job security. For me, the biggest benefit...

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Definition of a Great School: Practices Regardless of Poverty Rates

(4) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:14 AM

By Erin Dukeshire

I often brag about the school where I work, explaining to people I meet that it's a great place for kids and teachers. When I mention that the school is Boston, they ask if I teach in a suburb of...

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The Solution to Teacher Equity? Empower Teachers

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:39 PM

By Janis Dingels

Last month, the Obama administration directed states to focus on teacher equity, making sure the students in high-need schools have access to the same experienced, effective teachers as other students. This is something I know about....

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In Room 201, It Takes Two to Tango

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 10:57 AM


By Heather McCarthy

"What's your job?" I ask my third grade students. "To learn!" they exclaim enthusiastically. "And what's my job?" I follow up. "To teach us!" they reply, matter-of-factly.

My students know that I care and they know that I think...

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Our Students Can't Wait; The Time To Revise Teacher Prep is Now

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 9:55 AM


By Claire Steinbeck

When I completed pre-service training to become a teacher through the DC Teaching Fellows program, I performed well on rubrics evaluating written work products, like lesson plans or classroom management outlines. I was observed approximately once a week and provided...

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CPS, PARCC, Common Core State Standards, and What Students Need

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:54 AM

By Micah Miner

In Chicago recently, reactions against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and standardized tests have ranged from murmurs to loud protests. Opponents of the PARCC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment have said that...

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The Common Core: A Good Journey

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:00 PM


By Nicole J. Di Donato

Little heads bent over white-lined paper, pencils scratching out a story barely keeping up with the imaginative ideas swirling. I survey my third graders while they write -- their passion for what they have to say,...

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Learning Multiple Strategies to Teach Math

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

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 | 11:23 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 | 12:19 PM

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 | 12:18 PM

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 | 11:56 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 | 11:50 AM

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 | 11:57 AM

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 | 2:21 PM


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 | 5:25 PM


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 | 1:26 PM


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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