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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

10/24 02:51 pm | Charter With High Teacher Salaries Improved Achievement, Study Finds | A charter school that pays teachers more and offers weekly professional development posted big gains after four years, despite a rocky start, according to new research.

Teaching Now Blog

10/23 03:30 pm | District Phasing Out Swingsets, Citing Safety Concerns | A Washington state school district has removed swings from its playgrounds, hoping to improve safety during playtime.

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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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The national teachers' union is imploring local affiliates to better engage current and potential members, and has launched a Center for Organizing to provide tools and training.
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
Communication is key to an effective teacher-evaluation process, writes district superintendent Nicholas A. Fischer.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
Although the debate over teacher-evaluation systems is dominated by the use of test scores, a new Brookings Institution analysis finds flaws with the observation component.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
As a number of states begin evaluating teachers' effectiveness based on changes in their students' test scores, academic research is raising more questions about such "value-added" models.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
The president may have a view of teaching that involves more than test results, but his administration's policies have arguably failed to focus much attention beyond that aspect.
May 6, 2014 - Teacher
Interviews with current and former Teach For America members reveal a decided preference for school leaders whose personality traits are akin to superheroes, write professors Tina Trujillo and Janelle Scott.
April 25, 2014 - Education Week
April 23, 2014 - Education Week

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