Teacher Quality

The latest news about teacher quality, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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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

04/14 12:55 pm | Due Process About to Dissolve for Kansas Teachers | Teachers' unions in the state are protesting the change, which was approved by legislators as part of several adjustments to the state's K-12 funding system.

Teaching Now Blog

04/17 02:53 pm | School Advises Students Not to Report Bullying, and Basically Just Accept It | Teachers at a Nebraska elementary school will be delving into anti-bullying lessons today after an errant flier gave students some troubling bullying advice.

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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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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose priorities include global health and U.S. education, has made initiatives focused on teacher quality a key dimension of its recent grantmaking strategy.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
To recognize the importance of education, advocates should erect a national teachers' monument in Washington, Anthony Mullen says.
October 22, 2013 - Education Week
Feeling burnout creeping in, a 5th year teacher decided to mentor a student-teacher in the hopes that it would rejuvenate her practice. She describes the many ways it worked.
October 22, 2013 - Teacher
The closely-watched system for evaluating teachers and providing bonus pay in the District of Columbia appears to be motivating weak and strong educators alike to higher performance.
October 22, 2013 - Education Week
A disagreement with federal officials over the state's timeline to implement a teacher-evaluation system has left Illinois without a No Child Left Behind waiver so far.
October 22, 2013 - Education Week
October 22, 2013 - Education Week
In an Education Week interview, the philanthropist speaks about the Gates Foundation's work on teacher issues, responds to criticism, and vows to keep a K-12 focus for the long haul.
October 17, 2013 - Education Week
Schools should use accountability tools to support and encourage their teachers, not deflate them, Deborah Stipek writes.
October 15, 2013 - Education Week
Schools and policymakers should be pouring their energies into finding and supporting great teachers, says Mary Amato.
September 23, 2013 - Education Week
Tennessee is allowing arts teachers to submit their students' work as one yardstick of how well they contribute to the children's achievement.
September 17, 2013 - Education Week

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