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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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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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High youth-unemployment rates in Finland show that even a strong education system can't solve all societal ills by itself, Nancy Hoffman writes.
July 31, 2013 - Education Week
Teachers and students should focus less on grades and more on the deeper satisfaction that learning offers, Cord Ivanyi writes.
July 26, 2013 - Education Week
Superintendents must be engaged in the teacher-evaluation process to maximize the benefits for all involved, including students, writes Kim Marshall.
July 19, 2013 - Education Week
Growth and improvement, not just accountability, must remain at the heart of teacher evaluation, Stephen Fink writes.
July 17, 2013 - Education Week
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
The accrediting body for teacher education is poised to adopt standards that set a higher entry bar and require the use of value-added measures.
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
The National Council on Teacher Quality says most of the nation's teacher education programs that were reviewed are weak, but critics find fault with the project's methods.
June 18, 2013 - Education Week
As a teacher-educator, Julie Gorlewski writes that she struggles with the same tensions that she faced in her K-12 classroom.
June 11, 2013 - Education Week
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems are seen as a prod to professionalize the preschool field while providing information for parents on program quality.
June 11, 2013 - Education Week
A state-imposed teacher-evaluation system rolls out in three months, giving teachers and principals limited time to adapt.
June 11, 2013 - Education Week

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