More often than not in recent years, schools have had to go it alone in trying to meet the needs of our most underserved students. So it's encouraging to see a renewed emphasis on context, and on the kinds of solutions we've seen work in some of our neediest communities
Each year of my first five years in the classroom had super high points and equally impressive low points. Every teacher has a story to tell about why they are in education and why they have persevered.
It seems like we as a nation put teachers through a cycle of professional development and improvement so that they can become excellent teachers. And we hope this works. At the same time, the responsibility is on all of us (leaders, teachers, and even our students) to help make this process works.
Recruitment is important, but the leaky bucket is not a challenge we can just recruit ourselves out of. We can attempt to continuously replace these teachers, or we can do what it takes to stem the flow.
In concept, evaluating teachers makes perfect sense. In what private company are employees not evaluated and held accountable for their contribution to their company's bottom line? In practice, evaluating teachers is not so easy.
The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to good teachers.
Educators are more than happy to take personal responsibility for their actions. What they aren't willing to do is take the fall for the failure of legislators and parents which is exactly what this legislation makes them do.
No matter our views on education reform, there are some things we can all agree on. We need an education system that empowers our students and teachers to make this possible -- and we are not there yet.
Teachers continue to feel resentment due to the fact that the CCSS was essentially thrown at them without consulting with them first being that they know what works and what doesn't in their classrooms.