Teacher Quality/Effectiveness

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Teaching Profession Opinion A Recent Report Sparked Ire in the Field. One Teacher Explains Why
District leaders should figure out how to support teachers instead of blaming them for the pandemic’s impact on student learning.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 27, 2023
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Teaching Profession Teachers' Skills Took a Hit During the Pandemic, Too, Report Says
A new report attributes students' slow academic recovery in part to teachers' ineffective instruction.
Caitlynn Peetz, July 19, 2023
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Teaching Profession Opinion How Teacher Confidence and Emotional Regulation Can Drive Student Success
Educators also need support for their own emotional development in order to sufficiently support their students.
Houston Kraft & Jenni Donohoo, June 25, 2023
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Early Childhood Opinion What K-12 Can Learn from Pre-K
Early-childhood education has valuable lessons to share with K-12.
Rick Hess, January 31, 2023
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Teaching Profession Opinion Want Vibrant, Engaged Teachers? Give Them Professional Freedom
A deputy superintendent explains how his district has created a stimulating environment by trusting teachers to experiment.
Jonah Schenker, November 6, 2022
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Education Funding Districts Steer Federal Teacher-Quality Funding Into Recruitment, Retention
Efforts to recruit teachers and create "grow your own" programs are in; class-size reduction and teacher evaluation are out.
Libby Stanford, September 12, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion It's Time to Give Feedback Another Chance. Here Are 3 Ways to Get It Right
Teachers and school leaders have a love-hate relationship with feedback, but that's not feedback's fault. It's all in how we approach it.
Peter DeWitt, April 27, 2022
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Teaching Profession Q&A Effective Teachers Are Needed 'More Than Ever Before,' New NCTQ President Says
Heather Peske will take the helm of the National Council on Teacher Quality in May.
Madeline Will, March 11, 2022
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Teaching Opinion What It Means to 'Teach Like a Champion' in 2022
Doug Lemov discusses what the recently released update to his classic work, Teach Like a Champion, has to offer.
Rick Hess, January 18, 2022
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Teaching Teachers Deliver Less to Students of Color, Study Finds. Is Bias the Reason?
Researchers point to lowered expectations of students' abilities as a factor and suggest systemic solutions.
Ileana Najarro, January 13, 2022
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Teaching Profession Black and Latino Students Are Still More Likely to Have Inexperienced Teachers, Study Says
These disparities persist despite several years of targeted federal efforts to change that trend.
Sarah Schwartz, December 15, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion One Simple Way for Principals to Boost Students’ Unfinished Learning
Instruction improves when teachers remain in their current grades, write researchers Heather C. Hill and Susanna Loeb.
Heather C. Hill & Susanna Loeb, August 4, 2021
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Teaching Profession Opinion How to Improve Teaching After the Pandemic
Figuring out how to let individual teachers do more of what they’re already good at is a powerful place to start the improvement process.
Rick Hess, July 7, 2021
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Teaching Profession Opinion Are You a Tough Teacher? Research Shows You May Be More Effective
Students may give higher ratings to teachers who give out good grades, but that doesn't mean they're learning more.
Angela Duckworth, December 2, 2020
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