Teaching Profession Collection

Trend Tracker

Our regular look at current research, trends, and ideas affecting teachers and teaching profession.

Teaching Profession Study: Value-Added Has Real Value for Students
An new statistical analysis finds that having a high-quality teacher for even one year can have a measurable long-term impact on students’ career outcomes.
Anthony Rebora, January 13, 2012
1 min read
Education Do Kids Need More School?
Panelists at a recent forum in Washington discussed some of the factors that need to be considered when lengthening the traditional school day or year.
May 18, 2011
3 min read
Education Report: Six Steps for Upgrading Teacher Evaluation Systems
Current teacher evaluation systems are flawed, but could be improved with six new design standards, according to a recent report.
Liana Loewus, October 8, 2010
3 min read
Education Poll: Americans in Favor of Teacher Merit Pay
Over 70 percent of Americans surveyed believe that teachers should be paid based on the merits of their work, not on a standard-scale basis, according to a recent Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll.
Bryan Toporek, September 14, 2010
2 min read
Education Good Professional Development Depends on Leadership, Study Finds
A British study finds that in order for professional development to flourish and bring results, school leadership must be strong and teachers must be respected for what they bring to the table.
Elizabeth Rich, May 26, 2010
2 min read
Education Schools Face Texting Explosion Among Teens
Text messaging has become the preferred method of communication for teenagers, according to a recent study.
Bryan Toporek, May 12, 2010
3 min read
Education Report: Teachers and Policymakers Differ on Effectiveness Measures
Teachers’ views on how instructional effectiveness should be measured, as well as how it could be improved, are not well-aligned with current education policy initiatives, according to a new survey report.
Anthony Rebora, January 27, 2010
2 min read
Education Trend Tracker: Teaching's Generation Gap
A recent survey discovers that teachers’ views on compensation and job expectations can vary depending on age and experience.
Bryan Toporek, November 18, 2009
4 min read
Education Study: Kids Feeling School Pressure
Students feel significant levels of stress about schoolwork as early as elementary school, a new survey from Highlights magazine reveals.
Bryan Toporek, October 21, 2009
3 min read
Education Making Professional Learning Teams Work
Teacher professional learning communities can make the greatest inroads into student learning when they have a highly structured framework in place, according to a recently published study.
Elizabeth Rich, August 5, 2009
2 min read
Education Report Foresees Mass Teacher Retirements
A new report emphasizes the role of cross-generational learning teams to help keep teachers in the profession.
Liana Loewus, April 8, 2009
3 min read
Education Report Pushes for More Flexible Certification Requirements
States should do more to support alternative teacher certification programs, in part by loosening licensure requirements, argues a new paper by the Center for American Progress.
Liana Loewus, March 4, 2009
4 min read
Education If They Were President
A recent survey asked teachers what advice they’d give the next president to improve education in America.
Josh Cohen, October 20, 2008
2 min read
Education Getting Sleepy
A new study says that lack of sleep is endemic in the teaching profession and that schools may be the worse for it.
Anthony Rebora, September 23, 2008
2 min read