Big Problems in How Schools Hire Teachers and How to Solve Them

Every year schools must hire new teachers to replace the nearly 15 percent who leave annually. But what if schools are doing it wrong? Matt Barnum digs through some surprising research which shows that many schools and districts don’t require prospective teachers to perform a single model lesson, aren’t actively recruiting teachers of color and Read more about Big Problems in How Schools Hire Teachers and How to Solve Them[…]

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The Educator Pipeline: Turnover, Fewer Applicants Will Impact Student Achievement

Concerned about retention and recruitment of teachers, principals, and administrators, Learning First Alliance member organizations are looking to build stronger pipelines and supports for these critical roles in student learning. The Educator Pipeline discusses the challenges each profession faces, and why this issue is key to our nation’s economic future.   The report explores the Read more about The Educator Pipeline: Turnover, Fewer Applicants Will Impact Student Achievement[…]

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2016 Teachers of the Year Share Powerful Narratives in “Leading from the Classroom” Podcast Series

“Leading from the Classroom,” is a new podcast series featuring firsthand accounts from the 2016 State Teachers of the Year. Each episode features a different teacher sharing a personal and poignant moment that crystallized the importance of teaching and of being a teacher. The teachers speak as advocates and ambassadors for sound education policy, for Read more about 2016 Teachers of the Year Share Powerful Narratives in “Leading from the Classroom” Podcast Series[…]

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More than 1 in 4 Teachers Chronically Absent

More than 1 in 4 of the nation’s full-time teachers are considered chronically absent from school, according to federal data, missing the equivalent of more than two weeks of classes each academic year in what some districts say has become an educational crisis. The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights estimated that 27 percent Read more about More than 1 in 4 Teachers Chronically Absent[…]

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Building the Educator Workforce Our Children Need Now

States are now deeply engaged in developing plans for their federal education spending for the next several years. Now is the time to rethink systems and strategies and to focus funds and efforts on what matters most for learning: great teachers and leaders for every student and school. Written collaboratively by all three partners of Read more about Building the Educator Workforce Our Children Need Now[…]

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Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Discussion Guide

The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders has released a new discussion guide, Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Systemic challenges in the educator workforce require thoughtful and bold actions, and ESSA presents a unique opportunity for states to reaffirm, modify, or improve their vision of educator effectiveness. This GTL Center discussion guide Read more about Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Discussion Guide[…]

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Teacher Effects on Social and Emotional Skills in School

In a recent article for the Shanker Institute, David Blazar and Matthew Kraft reflect on the findings of their recent study of teacher effects on students’ social and emotional skills: A growing body of research is starting to provide convincing evidence that teachers can have large effects on students’ social and emotional development in addition Read more about Teacher Effects on Social and Emotional Skills in School[…]

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Developing Resilient, Equity-Conscious Teachers

In Education Week Teacher, Elena Aguilar writes an insightful piece about the promise of transformational coaching. Excerpts appear below: I believe new-teacher support programs must be linked to schools’ moral imperative to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of every child, every day. To that end, the overarching objective of a teacher-support program should Read more about Developing Resilient, Equity-Conscious Teachers[…]

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Essays from TNTP’s 2016 Fishman Prize Winners

The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice recognizes 100 inspiring public school teachers each year, and celebrates four winners who are making a profound difference for their students and schools. Winners participate in a thought-provoking summer residency with their peers, reflecting and writing about the issues facing their profession—and how they’re tackling them in their Read more about Essays from TNTP’s 2016 Fishman Prize Winners[…]

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October Issue Brief: America’s Teacher Pipeline

To build a world-class educational system, America needs outstanding teachers. But how do we entice exceptional candidates into the teaching pipeline and recruit them in the states and districts that need them most? Why are there teacher surpluses in some areas and extreme shortages in others? In this month’s issue brief, Core Education has assembled Read more about October Issue Brief: America’s Teacher Pipeline[…]

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Relationships: Top Factor in Classroom Effectiveness

The ability to build relationships with students is the top trait of an effective teacher, according to a new survey released from Pearson. Survey respondents included teachers, students, parents, school administrators and policymakers from around the globe. While the survey was fielded in 23 countries, respondents from the U. S. were united in their top Read more about Relationships: Top Factor in Classroom Effectiveness[…]

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Research on Teacher Leadership

Madeline Will, writing for the Teaching Now blog, provides a summary of a new literature review on teacher leadership. Excerpts from the article appear below: “All teachers have the capacity to be leaders,” researchers wrote in a recent comprehensive review of literature on teacher leadership, “but not all teachers want to be.” Julianne A. Wenner, Read more about Research on Teacher Leadership[…]

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Educator Pipeline at Risk

Lisette Partelow and Christina Baumgardner of the Center for American Progress have authored a new report, Educator Pipeline at Risk: Teacher Labor Markets after the Great Recession, that examines the supply and demand of the teacher workforce to paint a clear picture of regional shortages across the nation and potential causes of those shortages. In Read more about Educator Pipeline at Risk[…]

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CTQ Releases Consensus Papers

The Coalition for Teaching Quality, a group of more than 100 national, state and local teacher, principal, civil rights, disability, rural, youth, higher education, and related education advocacy organizations has released three consensus policy papers to help inform state and district implementation of ESSA.     Building a Strong and Diverse Teacher and Principal Recruitment Read more about CTQ Releases Consensus Papers[…]

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Teacher-Powered Schools

AFT’s Barnett Berry and Kim Farris-Berg have produced an article that details the history of teacher-powered schools, the research supporting these innovative models, and examples of successful implementations. An excerpt appears below: The Center for Teaching Quality and Education Evolving have created the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative to raise awareness of the opportunity for teachers to Read more about Teacher-Powered Schools[…]

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August Issue Brief: Teacher Compensation

Teacher compensation matters for attracting and retaining effective educators, however, the U.S. pays teachers less than most industrialized countries pay their teachers. The Education Commission of the States recently released an overview of the various approaches to teacher compensation being used by American states as well as a summary of the research supporting these approaches: Read more about August Issue Brief: Teacher Compensation[…]

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