Marc Tucker on Professionalizing Teaching

Recently in Marc Tucker’s blog for the National Center on Education and the Economy, he explored the concept of professionalizing teaching, claiming that it requires an occupational overhaul, not just salary increases for the same occupation. Excerpts of the piece appear below: It costs no more to run a high-performance education system that produces high Read more about Marc Tucker on Professionalizing Teaching[…]

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Personalized Learning Through Co-Teaching, Team Teaching, and Collaboration

Writing for The 74, Thomas Arnett and Bryan Hassel summarize ways innovative schools are utilizing novel staffing structures to facilitate personalized learning. Excerpts from their piece appear below: By adding personalized learning to teachers’ workloads without changing how schools are organized, schools face a great risk that their attempts to personalize learning will fall short Read more about Personalized Learning Through Co-Teaching, Team Teaching, and Collaboration[…]

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How Districts & Schools Can Ensure Strong Learning, Teacher Satisfaction

Public Impact has released a new suite of tools that guide districts and schools to achieve excellence in teaching and learning as Opportunity Culture schools. The tools are based on four years of data that illuminate what school designs and implementation actions work, and what do not, to achieve strong student learning and teacher satisfaction. Read more about How Districts & Schools Can Ensure Strong Learning, Teacher Satisfaction[…]

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in California Schools

EdSource’s John Fensterwald recently reported on a new multimeasure school rating system for California and the data it uncovers. The Oakland-based nonprofit GreatSchools analyzed these data and produced Searching for Opportunity, a fresh look at a stubbornly persistent problem: racial and ethnic gaps in student achievement in California schools. Among the findings in Searching for Read more about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in California Schools[…]

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The Role of a Multi-Classroom Leader

In Real Clear Education, Kristin Cubbage reflects on what it means to be a Multi-Classroom Leader, a role her school has adopted in conjunction with Public Impact. She writes: When I became a multi-classroom leader in 2013, the position was new to our school, district and state—new to the nation, in fact. I have vivid Read more about The Role of a Multi-Classroom Leader[…]

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Seizing Opportunity at the Top II

What students want: great teachers every year What teachers want: career advancement while teaching, collaboration, on-the-job development and leadership, sustainably funded pay increases, and the chance to help more students succeed What both need: Policies to make a statewide Opportunity Culture possible Public Impact shows states the essential policies to reach far more students with gap-closing, Read more about Seizing Opportunity at the Top II[…]

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Public Impact Launches New Website

Public Impact has launched a new website, OpportunityCulture.org.  The site focuses on “extending the reach of excellent teachers using job redesign and technology.”  The site is divided into four main sections: Why This Matters:  What research says about the impact excellent teachers have on student learning. Redesigning Schools:  More than 20 models that show how Read more about Public Impact Launches New Website[…]

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Public Impact Seeks Five Sites to Extend the Reach of Excellent Teachers

Public Impact has launched the implementation phase of its effort to bring excellent teachers to every classroom.  In this phase, the organization seeks to identify five “model” sites that can be used to extend the reach of these teachers beyond their own classrooms.  Seeking to create what it calls an “Opportunity Culture,” Public Impact wants Read more about Public Impact Seeks Five Sites to Extend the Reach of Excellent Teachers[…]

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A Vision for Teaching in the Digital Age

The Fordham Institute released a report focused on teachers in the digital age, particularly on the issue of if, in the near future, traditional teachers could be replaced by full-blown digital instruction delivered online.  The authors claim that as digital learning become more widely used, “solid instruction in the basics will eventually become ‘flat’—available everywhere Read more about A Vision for Teaching in the Digital Age[…]

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Seizing Opportunity at the Top

A recent report released by Public Impact proposes a strategy for getting an excellent teacher into every classroom, which would “close most of our stubborn achievement gaps in just five years.”  An “excellent teacher” is described as one who produces well over today’s typical year of learning growth, and the authors emphasize that it is Read more about Seizing Opportunity at the Top[…]

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Beyond Classroom Walls: Developing Innovative Work Roles for Teachers

Nearly four in 10 teachers report that they are interested in combining their classroom work with other roles or responsibilities in their school or district, including 46 percent of teachers with five or fewer years of experience. Across the country, interest is increasing in alternative approaches to school staffing that provide more flexible work roles Read more about Beyond Classroom Walls: Developing Innovative Work Roles for Teachers[…]

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