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Calif. Struggles to Assess Teacher-Training Programs

After students leave schools of education, and after years of reforms, Calif. institutions often have no way of ascertaining if their programs produced strong teachers. (May 17, 2013)

Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation

Assessing teacher performance is a complicated issue and this Spotlight examines ways to assess teaching and efforts to improve teacher evaluation.

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07/10 06:44 am | What's on Tap for the 2014 AFT Convention | As the American Federation of Teachers' convention begins, Teacher Beat gives you a few tidbits to watch.

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07/08 02:00 pm | At Long Last, To Kill a Mockingbird Available as E-Book | To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's classic novel, is available in dowloadable e-book and audiobook forms for the first time.

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In this webinar, our guests discussed the impact of, and best strategies for, enhancing teacher effectiveness.

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Quality Counts 2008

This report includes a number of new indicators that look at incentives to attract and keep people in the teaching profession, among other things.

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Twenty years after an article appeared in Teacher Magazine about the state of teacher education at one university, Ellis Hurd and Gary Weilbacher weigh in on where the program and teacher education stand today.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
Researchers are examining whether language in teacher contracts could be contributing to the teacher-quality gap between schools with large and small concentrations of minority students.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is set to vote next week on whether to pull the plug on a multimillion-dollar effort to develop an advanced national credential for principals.
April 3, 2014 - Education Week
William J. Sims suggests shifting 1 percent of the federal defense budget and applying it to teacher training and quality.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
Before student assessments are used to judge teacher quality, it's critical to assess whether the tests are well-designed for the task, a group of psychometricians writes.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
Although the state board expected most teachers to clear the hurdle, the policy drew immediate opposition from the state teachers' union.
March 28, 2014 - Education Week
Caitlin Hannon and others from Teach Plus Indianapolis exhort teacher-prep programs to raise admission standards, offer transparent data on post-graduation results, and engage alumni for feedback.
March 25, 2014 - Education Week
Meaningful assessment of teacher preparation must be founded on strong research methodology and focused on program outcomes, writes Gerardo M. Gonzalez.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
The launch of two new pilot projects signals a shift in direction for the national teacher-training and -placement organization.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
The idea that a standardized assessment can measure something so broad and nebulous as "critical thinking" or "college readiness" or "teacher efficacy" should be given up entirely, says high school English teacher Ilana Garon.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher

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