Traditional University Teacher Ed Programs Face Enrollment Declines, Staff Cuts

A new piece from the 74 explores the lagging enrollment in teacher preparation programs at the university level, as well as steps teacher ed is taking to ward off local shortages. Excerpts from the piece appear below: The pandemic has exacerbated a troubling national trend: Fewer potential teachers are entering the profession.  Nearly every state Read more about Traditional University Teacher Ed Programs Face Enrollment Declines, Staff Cuts[…]

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What happens when school leaders are allowed to abandon “step and lane” pay scales

Writing for the Fordham Institute, Amber Northern recently reviewed what happened after the British government abandoned step and lane pay scales for teachers. Excerpts from the piece appear below. In 2013, the British government ended the use of “annual progression” pay scales for teachers. These were similar to U.S.-style “step and lane” models but were Read more about What happens when school leaders are allowed to abandon “step and lane” pay scales[…]

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Got Staff? Get Cultured! The Key Ingredients to Nurturing Adult Learning Communities

Next Generation Learning Challenges has released an informative guide to nurturing adult learning communities. Excerpts from the piece appear below: It is only by cultivating the types of adult learning cultures where our teachers feel revived and excited about the work that we can hope to create the types of schools where students feel empowered Read more about Got Staff? Get Cultured! The Key Ingredients to Nurturing Adult Learning Communities[…]

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Sustaining Investments in Teachers beyond the American Rescue Plan

A recent fact sheet from the U. S. Department of Education outlines ways states and districts can sustain their investments in teachers beyond the use of American Rescue Plan funding.  Excerpts appear below: Federal investments are available to support states, districts, and schools as they work to address immediate teacher shortages exacerbated by the pandemic Read more about Sustaining Investments in Teachers beyond the American Rescue Plan[…]

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Secretary Cardona Lays Out Vision to Support and Elevate the Teaching Profession

U.S Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recently laid out his vision for how the nation can support teachers across the country and elevate the teaching profession. During an address and fireside chat at the Bank Street College of New York, Secretary Cardona discussed how the Department, states and districts, and higher education institutions can recruit, Read more about Secretary Cardona Lays Out Vision to Support and Elevate the Teaching Profession[…]

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Restoring Pandemic Losses will Require Major Changes in Schools and Classrooms, Superintendents Say

Though kids are learning this year, many have fallen even further behind grade level. A new report from Brookings, written by Paul Hill and Kate Destler, draws from a national survey of school districts and in-depth interviews with six school districts. Highlights from the piece appear below:  Many school and district leaders had hoped to Read more about Restoring Pandemic Losses will Require Major Changes in Schools and Classrooms, Superintendents Say[…]

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May 2022 Issue Brief: Effective School Leaders

School administrators serve as instructional leaders and set the tone for the culture of a school, play an important role in hiring and retaining teachers, and impact student outcomes from attendance to achievement. The principal’s influence is pivotal. In this month’s issue brief, Core Education explores effective school leadership and recommendations for policy to improve Read more about May 2022 Issue Brief: Effective School Leaders[…]

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State of the States: State Reporting of Teacher Supply and Demand Data

For any labor market to function properly, clear information is needed to guide decision making; its absence invariably leads to less than optimal decisions and inefficiencies. While the broader labor market is riddled with imperfect information, the teacher labor market is particularly vulnerable—largely for the lack of the most basic information. In a new analysis Read more about State of the States: State Reporting of Teacher Supply and Demand Data[…]

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Investing in the Teacher Workforce: Experimental Evidence on Teachers’ Preferences

While investing in the teacher workforce is central to improving schools, school resources are notoriously limited, forcing school leaders to make difficult decisions on how to prioritize funds. A new paper from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University examines a critical input to resource allocation decisions: teacher preferences. Using an original, online discrete choice survey Read more about Investing in the Teacher Workforce: Experimental Evidence on Teachers’ Preferences[…]

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Black, Latino Students Disproportionately Taught by Inexperienced, Uncertified Teachers

Writing for The 74, Marianna McMurdock recently reviewed new research that shows that Black and Latino students are disproportionately taught by inexperienced, uncertified teachers. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Across the country, schools serving predominantly Black students have 5 percent more novice teachers than schools with fewer Black students, according to analysis from education Read more about Black, Latino Students Disproportionately Taught by Inexperienced, Uncertified Teachers[…]

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November Issue Brief: Teacher Retention

Teachers have long been identified as the number one in-school factor that influences student outcomes. Conversely, teacher turnover is correlated with lower student outcomes and contributes to school cultures where churn and instability prevent positive change from taking root. How to retain teachers, and especially teachers of color, has emerged as a key area of Read more about November Issue Brief: Teacher Retention[…]

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How to Build Culturally Affirming Schools, According to Over 100 Black Teachers

Recruiting a diverse staff and building a “family-like” school culture are among the key action steps more than 100 Black educators recommend school leaders follow in a recent report released by Teach Plus and the Center for Black Educator Development. The paper presented the findings of focus groups conducted during the spring and summer of Read more about How to Build Culturally Affirming Schools, According to Over 100 Black Teachers[…]

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Rethinking Teacher Certification to Employ K-12 Adjunct Teachers

Recently, AIR published a report from Keri Ingraham, fellow at Discovery Institute, focused on the possibility of using adjunct teachers for K-12 classrooms for limited roles. Excerpts from this intriguing piece appear below: Trends in higher education tend to trickle down to K–12 schools over time. In the K–12 setting, adjunct teachers could be hired Read more about Rethinking Teacher Certification to Employ K-12 Adjunct Teachers[…]

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Right From the Start: D.C.’s Groundbreaking Teacher Hiring Strategy

The District of Columbia Public Schools is well-known for its comprehensive teacher-evaluation and performance-based compensation systems. But an equally important component of the district’s work to strengthen its teaching workforce has been a systematic, data-driven approach to hiring the strongest candidates in the first place. Known as TeachDC, the system employs a multi-step process for Read more about Right From the Start: D.C.’s Groundbreaking Teacher Hiring Strategy[…]

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Smart Money 2.0

The National Council on Teacher Quality recently released a report by Patricia Saenz-Armstrong comparing the salary trajectories of teachers in 90 large school districts across the country. Excerpts from the piece appear below: “Teacher pay is low.” It has been said hundreds of thousands of times before. The search term “teacher pay is low” produces Read more about Smart Money 2.0[…]

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July Issue Brief: Teacher Wellness

Although almost everyone understands the importance of student well-being, there is much less consideration for the well-being of teachers themselves. Healthy educators are more productive, less likely to be absent, and better equipped to support student development when they themselves are mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally well. By creating opportunities and infrastructure for employee wellness Read more about July Issue Brief: Teacher Wellness[…]

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