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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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Teacher Beat Blog

04/22 10:17 am | AFT's Lesson-Sharing Site Clocks a Half-Million Registrants | AFT's lesson-sharing partnership has grown to half a million members, the teachers' union says.

Teaching Now Blog

04/22 05:00 pm | PBS Lesson Plan Turns Students Into Abraham Lincoln | As part of a publicity campaign for the new Ken Burns documentary "The Address," PBS is offering a lesson plan for teachers on public speaking.

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

Special Collection

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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January 14, 2014 - Education Week
The effort, now focused on New Mexico and Texas, seeks to gauge how standards for teacher preparation are playing out in lecture halls and K-12 classrooms.
January 7, 2014 | Updated: January 15, 2014 - Education Week
January 6, 2014 - Education Week
January 6, 2014 - Education Week
NCTQ President Kate Walsh responds to criticism of her organization and lays out the reasoning behind its review of teacher-prep programs and why critics of the review are misguided.
December 12, 2013 - Education Week
Dean Donald Heller and others at Michigan State University's education school explain why they aren't taking part in the National Council on Teacher Quality's latest teacher-prep-program review.
December 10, 2013 - Education Week
Critics worry the Education Department won't be tough enough on states seeking to extend NCLB waivers, especially on ensuring all students have an effective teacher.
November 26, 2013 - Education Week
A new study finds that effective educators help their new students learn more. But the problem is, many are reluctant to transfer to another school.
November 7, 2013 - Education Week
Since 2008, the philanthropy has spent about $700 million on a variety of teacher-quality initiatives. Critics fear that the Seattle-based foundation is having an outsized influence.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
The Gates-supported research has sparked criticism about how the project was framed, how findings were communicated, and whether states are taking away appropriate lessons from it.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week

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