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TNTP is a national non-profit organization working to end educational inequality by ensuring that all students get excellent teachers. Founded by teachers and inspired by the power of great teaching to change lives, we help schools, districts and states grow great teachers, manage their teaching talent strategically, and build systems that prioritize effective teaching in every classroom. Since 1997, we have recruited or trained nearly 50,000 teachers for high-need schools, catalyzed large-scale reform through acclaimed studies such as The Widget Effect (2009) and The Irreplaceables (2012), pioneered next-generation teacher evaluation and development systems, and launched one of the nation’s premiere awards for excellent teaching, the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Today TNTP is active in more than 25 cities. For more information, visit

Entries by TNTP

What Does the Research Say on Professional Development, Anyway?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 8:56 AM


By Dina Hasiotis

We know that by consistently helping teachers reach their full potential in the classroom, we could put millions of students on the path to success. And as we shared previously, conventional wisdom is that we...

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Meet a Fishman Winner: Stephanie Sun

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 6:44 PM


Affectionately nicknamed “Ms. Sunshine” by her students, 2015 Fishman Prize winner Stephanie Sun brings joy and a sharp sense of focus to her fifth-grade English classroom at Achievement First Brownsville Middle School, in Brooklyn, NY. She also holds her students to...

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What Do Parents Think About the Common Core?

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 9:14 AM


By Laura Strait, Guest Blogger

As a teacher at Aspire ERES Academy in Oakland, California, I know firsthand how challenging it is to raise standards for students, and to help teachers ensure that students meet those standards. Often what...

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Every Parent Deserves School Choice

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 11:59 AM


By Crystal Harmon

My oldest son does well in school. He would do well if you stuck him in an empty room with some books, but I wanted more for him. As his mother, I understand the conditions under...

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Surprising "Ms. Sunshine"

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 9:53 AM


By Dan Weisberg

Any day you can make a great teacher happy is a good day.  

Last week, we made a big deal over four superb teachers. We rounded up reporters, mayors, school leaders,...

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The Arts Are Not Just for Fun

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:05 PM


By Steven Sanders, Guest Blogger

In my classroom, students sit in a U-shape, their trumpets, trombones and clarinets in front of them. The walls are painted with bright murals, depicting great composers of the past and present. If you...

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A Baltimore Teacher Speaks Up

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:02 AM


In the midst of Baltimore’s unrest, we asked Emily Ann Hansen, a teacher with the Baltimore City Teaching Residency, to reflect on how Freddie Gray’s deathand the subsequent protests and media attentionhas affected her students. Below is her response.

Being a teacher...

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Keeping Great Teachers, With a Personal Touch

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 10:59 AM


By Kate McGovern

Rachael Brown is the Manager of Teacher Retention and Recognition at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Last year, Rachael’s team started sending personal emails to highly effective DCPS teachers in order to acknowledge them and...

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Supporting Teachers and Students in Baltimore

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 12:10 PM


By Richard Green

This week, other Baltimoreans and I stood aghast, first at the confused and horrifying accounts of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, then at the images of young adults looting stores, setting businesses afire and attacking police officers,...

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ESEA Goes Further, but Not Necessarily Forward

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 9:28 AM


By Patrick Byrnett

With the unanimous committee approval of the Senate’s latest attempt to update and replace No Child Left Behind, there has been no shortage of coverage, analysis, and reactions—especially to the bill’s Title I, which handles testing, accountability,...

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Success Academy Works for My Kid

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 10:20 AM


By Ariela Rozman

I have a shocking confession: I am a Success Academy parent. Imagine my relief, then, when I read The New York Timesrecent article about Success, which marshals a flurry of criticisms about the charter...

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Getting Real About Over-Testing

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 10:22 AM


By Dan Weisberg

If you want a surefire way to dampen the mood at a party or heighten the tension at your dinner table, bring up standardized testing. It’s the part of our education system everyone loves to hate. In the last...

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Closing the Educator Equity Gap

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 9:43 AM


By Kevin Zimmer

We all know that highly effective teachers can have a lifelong impact on students. But we also know that too often, the students who need great teachers the most are the least likely to get them....

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We Can't Stop Now

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 10:15 AM


By Shanequa Yates

On Saturday, March 7, I stood at the mouth of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, shoulder to shoulder with thousands of people from all walks of life. Together, we listened to President Barack Obama and Congressman John...

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A Helpful Nudge on Teacher Evaluation

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 11:37 AM


By Tequilla Banks

Over at Flypaper yesterday, Andy Smarick said “good riddance” to the federal government’s push for better teacher evaluation systems, which will likely come to an end whenever ESEA is reauthorized. He argues, essentially, that evaluation reform is so...

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The Bus to Rikers Island

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 8:54 AM


By Dan Weisberg

I started my career as a legal assistant with The Legal Aid Society, the public defender in New York City, where I was assigned to the sprawling jail complex on Rikers Island.

It was...

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Doubling Down on New York's Education

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 10:34 AM


By Tim Daly

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is back in the news after announcing an ambitious education policy agenda in his recent State of the State address. Cuomo wants to make more changes to the state’s teacher evaluation...

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The Changing Role of the SEA

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 1:14 PM


By Jessica Conlon

To say we’re in a time of tremendous transformation in education has practically become a cliché. Unfortunately, most state education agencies (SEAs) didn’t get the memo. Many still function as bureaucracies dedicated to...

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Improving Teacher Evaluation in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:24 AM


By Tequilla Banks

In September, right here on this blog, we reflected on the progress that’s been made with teacher evaluation since we published The Widget Effect five years ago. In terms of policy, that progress has...

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New York's Tenure Laws Go to Court

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 10:15 AM

By Layla Avila

Earlier this week, oral arguments opened in Wright v. New York, a lawsuit challenging New York statutes that make it nearly impossible to replace teachers who are not up to the job. This first motion...

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