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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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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.

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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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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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Education commissioners from 25 states have vowed to update their systems for preparing and credentialing teachers.
December 17, 2012 | Updated: January 9, 2013 - Education Week
The American Federation of Teachers wants stricter training-program entry criteria and a "universal assessment" for teacher-candidates.
December 11, 2012 - Education Week
The state’s Department of Education released its first report on new, controversial evaluations for teachers Wednesday.
December 5, 2012 - McClatchy-Tribune
To improve the student-teaching experience, teacher education programs are taking more care in picking and guiding "cooperating" teachers.
November 26, 2012 | Updated: February 13, 2013 - Education Week
Schools that support the cognitive engagement of their teachers have an advantage when it comes to instructional quality, write Arthur L. Costa, Robert J. Garmston, and Diane P. Zimmerman.
November 13, 2012 - Education Week
Jack Gillette of Lesley University suggests that higher education should reinvent post-licensure programs to help close the gap in teacher development.
November 6, 2012 - Education Week
Principals should mix high- and low-tech means to evaluate teachers during classroom visits, Kim Marshall writes.
October 30, 2012 - Education Week
A who's who of researchers studying the use of student scores in staff reviews agrees on one point: Tread carefully.
October 25, 2012 | Updated: November 19, 2012 - Education Week
Researchers found value-added estimates of teachers' impact on student scores can be biased if academic tracking isn’t considered.
October 23, 2012 - Education Week
A Louisiana school is having success with a professional-development system that helps teachers grow, including financially, in their careers.
October 17, 2012 - Teacher

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