teacher effectiveness

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.
The No Child Left Behind Act includes language requiring states to "ensure that poor and minority students are not taught
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.
It is not difficult to see what is downstream from this strategy. This change will not only impact ineffective teachers, it will eventually lead to effective, qualified teachers being driven from the field. Why? The reason relates to how the financial forces in the free market operate.
Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school. Of those who do graduate, one-third need remedial courses in college and far too few actually earn a degree. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers we can change this by working together.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the study by the Strategic Data Project, which is affiliated with Harvard University’s
Teachers at Tiferes Bnos use Socratic techniques to draw their students into heated discussions about the roles of power
We cannot begin to fix our education system until we get everyone in power to recognize the falseness of the military-corporate-education analogy, until we accept the absolute stupidity of executive-ruled schools.
Whether or not to publish rankings will inevitably become more of an issue in states that receive a waiver from some of the
All around this country, families are trying to figure out why their small children already dread going to a place that was supposed to serve as a gentle transition to formal learning.
Our national debate over evaluation lacks the courage and nuance of the real-life conversations I have with hardworking, rational teachers. Instead, the debate is dominated by polarizing sound bites that inspire fear, not rational discourse.
Although it gets much less attention, one of the biggest problems with value-added modeling, according to many experts, is
The NYC Department of Education recently lifted an embargo on the publication of Teacher Data Reports, leaving a significant slice of its educator corps to the wolves.