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Have you seen the article about the 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year Ernie Lee in PAGEONE?  If not, check it now.  Ernie offers his teaching philosophy that has guided him through his young but successful teaching career.  He is a member of the Georgia Partnership's Board.  We are honored to have him representing the voice of Georgia teachers!

Here's a great resource for teacher news:  Education Week's Teacher Update (requires registration for limited free access or you may subscribe for full access).

Kim Bearden as a Georgia public school teacher was a Milken Family Foundation winner in 1999.  She later left her classroom to join Ron Clark to establish the now famous "Ron Clark Academy" here is Atlanta.  Kim has penned a book, "Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Have Taught Me," based upon her experiences.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Maureen Downey devoted one of her "Get Schooled' columns to Kim:  A place where everybody knows your name.  Should that be school?

Check this one:  Education News offers this for your consideration:  Share My Lesson, Clever Team Up to Meet Teachers’ Classroom Needs.

eSchool News is a continuing resource for teachers.  You can subscribe to free daily updates.  This piece targets new teachers:  16 educators new teachers should follow on Twitter.

Here's an example of what you will find on eSchool News: 6 small grants for teachers that could make a big difference. And... a regular feature designed to provide online inspirational talks for educators.  Check:  5 TED Talks to support innovation.  And... Looking for some good professional development reading material?  Check:  50 top books for teachers. And... 7 engaging video sites for teachers and students. And... Ten great sites with free teacher resources.

This site focuses on parents and teachers of special education children as well as teachers who want to pursue a career in special ed.  Check out Special Education Guide for a wealth of information. 

The Georgia Partnership's April 2014 Critical Issues Forum focused on "Georgia's Sea Change Leading to Effective Teaching" and featured guest speaker Dr. Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and former president at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a panel of Georgia educators that included Penny McRoy, PSC; Dr. Susan Andrews, DOE; Dr. Emily Lembeck, superintendent, Marietta City Schools; and Celis Hartley-Lewis, science teacher and department chair Marietta High School.  Check the video.

What do some of Georgia's best teachers say are their keys to success? Check out the Georgia Partnership's 20th Anniversary web site "Recognizing Excellence" page for a variety of insights and lessons learned.

Early Childhood Teacher is a new early childhood education website.  The site was "created to provide new and future teachers with resources they need to succeed, such as classroom tools, lesson plans, and advice from experienced educators."  The site also offers a comprehensive state-by-state guide to teacher certification and becoming an early childhood educator.

Teacher Degrees is a web site that "helps you find the right teaching school to meet your educational needs."

Here's the latest from UGA Distinguished Education Research Professor of English Education Peter Smagorinsky.  Many of his pieces are featured in Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

To be or not to be politically correct.  What was that question?
Testing and technology in Georgia schools: Who will watch the watchers?

Taking ty to the street: A modest proposal to apply education reforms to police work
Should schools follow competitive or cooperative models? Can they be both?
A teacher who understands third graders need play, joy and calm to learn
Community college: Not ‘failing diploma mills,’ but pathways to success
Opinion: Issue isn’t welding vs. Chaucer. It’s how to remove barriers to college.
Great Georgia teacher Becky Cross: A reflection of great commitment and great influences
Baseball and teaching: Why simplistic measures of performance strike out in both professions
Georgia will judge teachers on student growth. But growth toward what end?
It's time to reform the reformers
Why our kids need drama 
The unseen benefits of the arts in the schools

EducationCareersInfo.com - This was suggested by a visitor to the web site.  It has a wealth of information for anyone considering an education career.

Milken Family Foundation: Connections - "Linking talented educators"

The Teaching Channel

Edutopia - There are many great ideas here as well as discussion.

Masters in Education Online - Thinking about getting that masters degree?  Here is an interesting resource to check out. 

OnLineU - This web site has just published its "2015 Top Online Degrees."  It provides a wealth of information about this alternative degree pathway.

EducationDegree.com - Looking for information about Georgia teacher education programs?  Check this site out.  You will find info about Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, Educational Specialist, Alternative Certification programs and more for Georgia educators, as well as career outlook information for different teaching positions.

National Council on Teacher Quality - Advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers.

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Here you will find a variety of research/posting/stories/that pertain personally to teachers and the teaching profession. Posting here does not imply Georgia Partnership endorsement.  Entries go back to 2012.  Broken links should be reported here.

2015

Poll: Americans oppose linking teacher evaluations with student performance
eSchool News

Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey. (August 2015)

The Mirage - Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development
The New Teacher Project

The Mirage challenges the widely held perception among education leaders that we know what works when it comes to teacher development, and if we could just apply that knowledge more widely, we could improve the quality of classroom teaching in short order. Introduction. Related story. (August 2015)

'See Me After Class': An Interview with Roxanna Eldon
Education Week - Teacher

It's that time of year again, and I will be alternating between publishing thematic collections of past posts and sharing interviews with authors of recent books I consider important and useful to us educators.  New questions will begin in September. (July 2015)

A letter from a teacher to parents, "I can't do it alone."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey

There are many futile attempts to remedy the ills of our educational system when a core issue to be rectified is parents. Each year, I see the positive effects of strong parental involvement on the educational outcomes of children. Conversely, I see the negative effects of parents who do not make education a priority. (July 2015) 

National Survey of American Teachers
Communities In Schools

This poll is among the largest and most in-depth examination of issues facing teachers from the teacher viewpoint.  The key findings demonstrate poverty and the manifestations of poverty are a critical impediment to education. Related story. (June 2015)

Changing How Teachers Are Taught: A Bid to Transform Education
Christian Science Monitor

A new graduate school and research lab announced by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and MIT, is a major effort toward revamping America's system of education schools. (June 2015)

A Million New Teachers Are Coming - Will They Be Ready To Teach?
Education Policy Center - American Institutes for Research

If the 1.5 million teachers entering the profession in the next decade are poorly trained, they could block effective education reform efforts.  This brief advises choosing teacher candidates better. (June 2015)

Mobile Phones in the Classroom:  Examining the Effects of Texting, Twitter, and the Message Content on Student Learning
CrossMark

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges instructors face in the 21st-Century classroom is the struggle of retaining student interest and engagement while they stay connected to the outside world through mobile devices. Abstract. Relating story. (June 2015)

Study: Far fewer new teachers are leaving the profession than previously thought
Washington Post

Among teachers who were new in 2007-8, 17 percent were not teaching five years later - a far lower level of attrition than previously estimated. Study. (May 2015)

This app is designed to reduce job burnout—and it’s free for educators
eSchool News

App maker Stress Refuge is launching DeStressify, an app that helps people with overwhelmed, busy lives achieve “mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing,” free for anyone employed by a school district, school, or other educational organization. (April 2015) 

The Role of Teacher Accountability in Education
University of Vermont

(Written by Dr. Phil Lanoue, Clarke County Supt. and National Superintendent of the Year.)  Early in my career, I was completely unaware of student achievement gaps and thought everyone had equal access to an education. I believed that all students came to school with the same experiences and tools to be successful. I have completely changed on this notion. (March 2015)

7 tips for teachers building collaborative, fearless PLNs
eSchool News

Research indicates that nearly 50 percent of educators will leave the field within the first five years of entering a classroom. This is an astounding number that costs the U.S. more than $2 billion annually. Why the high burnout rate? (March 2015)

Where have all the teachers gone?
nprEd

This is the canary in the coal mine. Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. The numbers are grim among some of the nation's largest producers of new teachers. (March 2015)

The A-Games Project
University of Michigan School of Information

This series of reports supports student progress in the classroom through the use of digital games. (February 2015)

Do students like your teaching?  Try this and find out.
eSchool News

What if we asked our students about the type of work they would prefer to do while in class? It may reveal a lot about their personal learning styles. These days, when I meet with students across the country, I perform a little experiment. (February 2015)

9 free apps for Common Core scaffolding
eSchool News

As schools everywhere shift to the Common Core, teachers are now realizing that they must now be able to determine the both the factors within a given text where students will need scaffolding as well as the type of scaffolding appropriate for the activity. Fortunately, there are a number of free apps that can help. (February 2015)

Who Enters Teaching? Encouraging Evidence that the Status of Teaching is Improving
Center for Education Policy & Workforce Competitiveness

Several new research papers suggest that U.S. teacher quality never declined as badly as a 2010 report said, and by that year had already turned around markedly for the better. Related story. (January 2015) 

2014

Surviving & Thriving the First Five Years
Classroom Chronicles

As any teacher can tell you, there is a lot to learn about running a classroom.  In this post an East Tennessee teacher shares seven ways to not only survive the first few years of your teaching career, but ways to thrive and promote student learning. (December 2014)

10 ways to revolutionize PD for the digital age
eSchool News

Over the past 6-8 years we have seen a supersonic advancement in public schools and the way our teachers now must teach. This has hit education like a tidal wave, leaving precious little time for our teachers to process it, and especially to learn how to do it well. (December 2014)

Teachers Win: A Case for School Choice
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Teachers' salaries would increase if states would introduce school choice, according to this study. Introduction.  Related story. (December 2014)

Report Card:  How the Digital Skills Gap is Failing Teachers & Students -- And What We Can Do About It
Grovo

There is a two-pronged, and potentially two phase, digital skills gap.  The first is occurring right now; the full impact of the second may not been seen for several tears. Both are critically important. (December 2014)

Smart Money - What teachers make, how long it takes and what it buys them
National Council on Teacher Quality

What teachers are paid matters. Many factors play a role in making the decision to become a teacher, but for many people compensation heavily influences the decision not only to enter the profession but also whether to stay in it and when to leave. Introduction. Executive Summary. Press release. Related story. (December 2014) 

Channeling Springsteen: Teachers As Performers
nprEd

This fall the NPR Ed team is celebrating great teachers and examinging what makes great teaching. When Amanda Siepiola steps into her second-grade classroom, she channels two role models. "I'm a big Bruce Springsteen fan," says Siepiola, a teacher in Washington, DC. "And when I go to his concerts, I end up leaving and saying, 'I want to teach like him.' " (November 2014)

Do Teachers Support the Vergara Decision?
EducationNext

In June, a California court ruled, in Vergara v. State of California, that the state’s tenure and seniority laws are unconstitutional. Minority students have filed a similar case in New York, with more to come elsewhere. (November 2014)

How One Teacher Changed for the Good of Her Students
Mind/Shift

our years ago, I realized that I needed to take responsibility for the damage I had done to students who came into my room loving (or at least liking) school and left diminished in some ways. (November 2014)

Teacher Pay and Career Paths in an Opportunity Culture
OpportuinityCulture.com

This shows how districts can design teacher career paths that will keep excellent teachers in the classroom and extend their reach to more students, for more pay within budget. (November 2014)

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar
nprEd

Today, NPR Ed kicks off a yearlong series: 50 Great Teachers. We're starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for "impiety" and "corrupting" the minds of the youth of Athens. (October 2014)

Common Core State Standards and the Transformation of Professional Development
Education First

Professional development has been viewed as the "ugly stepchild" of education reform, according to this report. But the Common Core, with its focus on content and instructional shifts that support delivery of that content, could be the vehicle to transform professional development (ECS). (October 2014) 

Leading from the Front of the Classroom - A Roadmap to Teacher Leadership that Works
Aspen Institute

Teacher leadership is emerging as a key strategy to increase retention of effective teachers and distribute responsibility for improving instruction, but it must be designed and implemented strategically to meet these goals. Introduction. (October 2014)

America's Best States for Teachers
Bluff City Education

This particular study compared states on a number of measures to come up with a ranking of the most (and least) teacher friendly states in America from a job perspective. (October 2014)

Preparing World-Class Teachers - Essential Reform of Teacher Preparation and Credentialing in California
EdSource

Despite the fundamentally important role of teachers in our public school system, how they are recruited, prepared and retained is receiving far less attention than other current reforms. (October 2014)

The Widget Effect - 5 Years Later - Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act on Differences in Teacher Effectiveness
The New Teacher Project

The Widget Effect, was released in 2009.  TNTP did not realize it would turn out to have the policy impact it has had.The paper identified a striking and nearly universal problem in America’s schools: a near total failure to acknowledge differences in teacher effectiveness. (October 2014)

Eight Qualities of a Great Teacher Mentor
Education Week Teacher

One of the most important—and overlooked—aspects of education is having mentors who help you manage the grind of daily struggles and the challenges of the profession. (October 2014)

Investing in Teachers.  It's What Americans Want.
Phi Delta Kappa International

We shouldn’t be surprised that Americans want great teachers in their classrooms. That is one of the major findings of this year’s poll on the public's attitude on public education (September 2014)

Top 5 Teacher Posts of the Summer!
Classroom Chronicle

We love sharing teacher voices straight from the classroom, and we are really excited to share the posts you liked the most. Here are the five most popular teacher-written posts over the last few months. There are some killer resources here! (September 2014)

Blended learning and the paradox of the experienced teacher
eSchool News

Assuming a good teacher in the traditional classroom will be a good teacher in a blended learning environment is wrong. The terminology alone provides a clue; after all, it is “blended learning”—not “blended teaching.” (September 2014)

Commentary:  How to Make Teachers More Like Doctors
Atlantic

Over the past 150 years, teaching and medicine have grown less and less alike. For her exceptional book on the history of teaching, Dana Goldstein chose the title The Teacher Wars: The History of America’s Most Embattled Profession. (September 2014)

Americans want teachers to take a bar exam
Atlantic

According to a new poll, the public is increasingly in favor of more stringent certification standards. But is the federal government prepared to pay for them? (September 2014)

Education at a Glance 2014
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

American teachers work hard. Like, really hard. This year's OECD report outlines the state of education in the world's most developed countries. It finds that American elementary school teachers spend more hours actually teaching students than peers in any other surveyed country. Related story. (September 2014)

The Hidden Half:  School Employees Who Don't Teach
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

From 1970 to 2010, the number of non-teaching staff in the United States grew by 130 percent, now comprising half of the public-school workforce. (September 2014)

Why Don’t More Men Go Into Teaching?
New York Times

AS Tommie Leaders, 22, approached college graduation last spring, his professors told him he would have no trouble getting hired. “You’re a guy teaching elementary, ” they said. (September 2014)

One Teacher’s Advice to New Teachers
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Leigh Pourciau, an 8th-grade teacher in New Orleans, shares why she became a teacher and gives some great advice for first-year teachers! (September 2014)

Attracting and Retaining Talent with a Teacher-Centered Culture
Century Foundation

We both began our teaching careers at the same school. Half way through our second year teaching, we felt like we needed a change. We started searching Memphis for schools that offered something radically different--a place where good teachers stayed. (September 2014)

America's teaching force: Younger, less experience and stability. More diversity and more women.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Maureen Downey)

Here is an interesting snapshot of America's teaching force. (August 2014)

6 intriguing TED Talks for the new school year
eSchool News

Every educator needs some inspiration now and then, and these days, such inspiration can be found online in just a few seconds. (August 2014)

Georgia's 2015 Teacher of the Year offers '5 tips for new teachers'
Georgia Public Broadcasting

Amanda Miliner takes time to share her time-tested tips for rookie teachers. (August 2014)

Are Great Teachers Born or Made?
The Atlantic

A thoughtful new book argues that teaching is a craft anyone can learn. But there's a big difference between competence and excellence.  (August 2014)

How to Build a Better Teacher
Parade Magazine

"The most effective teachers, researchers have found, can be extroverts or introverts, humorous or serious, flexible or rigid.  Author Elizabeth Green provides an article adaptation from her new book "Building a Better Teacher." Also meet 2014 U.S. Teacher of the Year Sean McComb. (August 2014)

Mid-and Late-Career Teachers Struggle with Paltry Incomes
Center for American Progress

Over the years, all sorts of observers have argued that skimpy teacher salaries keep highly qualified individuals out of the profession. One recent study found  the U.S. offers much lower pay than other nations with high-performing students. Related story. Related story. (July 2014)

Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay
The New Teacher Project (TNTP)

According to this report, nearly 90 percent of America’s school districts have a major problem. They're paying teachers wrong. Related story. (July 2014)

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Non-Teaching Time
Edutopia

Time. It's the thing every teacher needs more of, and no teacher has enough of. Here are the top five ways you can make the most of your limited "free" time each week. (July 2014)

2014 Teacher Prep Review
National Center on Teacher Quality

This is the second edition of NCTQ's annual assessment of the nation's 2,400 teacher prep programs. The Review uncovers early evidence that teacher prep programs are beginning to make changes. It arrives at a time of heightened, unprecedented activity across the nation to improve teacher preparation.  Related story. (June 2014)

Who Profits from the Master’s Degree Pay Bump for Teachers?
EducationNext

The fact that teachers with master’s degrees are no more effective in the classroom, on average, than their colleagues without advanced degrees is one of the most consistent findings in education research. (June 2014)

Three things students wish teachers knew
Motherlode

As the school year winds down, I thought it would be helpful to hear from students in the vein of “Five Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew” and “Three Things Parents Wish Teachers Knew.” (June 2014)

ROLL CALL: The Importance of Teacher Attendance
The National Council on Teacher Quality

While policymakers have been directing considerable attention to teacher effectiveness, one basic aspect of effectiveness has received relatively little attention: teacher attendance. Related story. (June 2014)

3 ways of getting student feedback to improve your teaching
Edutopia

During the summer, you'll want to improve your teaching and lessons, but how do you decide where to start? Your students! I use these three ways to get feedback from my students on my lessons, activities, and what I can do to improve next year. (May 2014)

This is what great teachers do:  Four former Mason Elementary Students All Accepted by Harvard
Gwinnett Daily Post

Let's talk teacher AND public school impact!  Abby Lockhart lit a life-long fire for learning in these students.  They are grateful to her as is the Georgia Partnership.  To Abby and our other great Georgia teachers who inspire every day... you are the bottom line and we thank you! (May 2014)

Teacher Tenure/Continuing Contract
Education Commission of the States

According to this report, a growing number of states are using controversial teacher evaluations to determine which teachers earn and hold onto tenure.  Related story. (May 2014)

Evaluating Teachers with Classroom Observations - Lessons Learned in 4 Districts
Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings

As the majority of states continue to design and implement new evaluation systems, the time is right to ask how existing teacher evaluation systems are performing and in what practical ways they might be improved. This report helps to answer those questions. Introduction. Relating story. (May 2014)

Make Assessment Matter: Students and Educators Want Tests That Support Learning
Northwest Evaluation Association

This survey finds that teachers and administrators are looking more favorably than they did two years ago on the amount of time that teachers and students spend on test preparation and testing. Related story.  Introduction. (May 2014)

Survey: Most Teachers Want Involved Parents But Don't Have Them
Education Week

A new survey by the for-profit University of Phoenix College of Education found that an overwhelming majority of K-12 teachers want parents engaged in their classrooms. Press release. (May 2014)

National Online Survey of College Students - Education Attitudes
Third Way

Unlike many of our global competitors, the U.S. fails to systematically attract and retain top-performing teachers. This study is an attempt to better understand how Millennials view the teaching profession and the qualities they expect to find in their careers. Analysis - Teaching:  The Next Generation (April 2014)

Pay teachers for results not degrees
Carolina Journal Online

While crafting the state budget last year, the North Carolina General Assembly applied the latest empirical research to the question of how best to improve teacher quality. (April 2014)

2013

Right-sizing the Classroom: Making the Most of Great Teachers
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This report looks at what right-sizing the classroom can mean for academic achievement. In brief: As the best teachers teach larger classes and the weakest teachers progressively smaller ones, the net result is improved student learning—for all students, not just those who moved. Introduction. Press release. (November 2013)

How do we stop the revolving door of new teachers?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Helen F. Ladd is a professor of public policy and economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network. In this essay for the AJC, she addresses the challenge of teacher turnover. (November 2013)

Transfer Incentives for High-Performing Teachers: Final Results from a Multisite Randomized Experiment
IES/National Center for Education Evaluation & Regional Assistance

One policy response to the challenge of attracting high-performing teachers to low-achieving schools is offering teachers monetary incentives to transfer. This report examines impacts of transfer incentives.  Related story. (November 2013)

Trends in Teacher Evaluation – How states are measuring teacher performance
Center for Public Education

For decades, teacher evaluations were little more than a bureaucratic exercise that failed to recognize either excellence or mediocrity in teaching. As such, evaluation represented a missed opportunity for giving teachers valuable feedback that could help them improve their practice. Related story. (October 2013)

2013 Global Teacher Status Index
Vankey Gems Foundation

The "staus of teachers" varies widely across countries, according to a new survey, with educators in China having the highest social standing of those countries measured. Related story. (October 2013)

Survey: Teachers Digging Into Own Pockets to Buy Education Products
Education Week

Roughly half the amount that the nation's public school teachers are spending on educational products is being covered with their own money, a new nationwide survey shows. (July 2013)

Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report
National Council on Teacher Quality

This report looks at more than 1,100 colleges and universities that prepare elementary and secondary teachers. It allows aspiring teachers, parents and school districts to compare programs and determine which are doing the best -- and worst -- job of training new teachers.  Introduction. Executive Summary. Related Articles - Ed Week and AJC. Georgia Partnership Commentary.  (June 2013)

Getting kids to learn is about relationships
eSchool News

“Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like,” says Rita Pierson, a veteran educator and recent TED Talks Education speaker. According to Pierson, connecting with students on a real, human level is the key to improving student performance. (May 2013)

Teacher-Prep Programs Zero In on Effective 'Practice'
Education Week

One thing is immediately apparent when Erica Vuolle teaches: Not a moment of time is wasted.  When she speaks to her class here at the Match Community Day Charter Public School, she expects all students' eyes to track hers. (March 2013)

Six steps to effective teacher development and evaluation
eSchool News/New Republic/AFT

Some see us as education’s odd couple—one, the president of a democratic teachers’ union; the other, a director at the world’s largest philanthropy. (March 2013)

Report of the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education

The report details the results of a survey of 7,752 science and mathematics teachers in schools across the U.S. Areas addressed include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs, teachers as professionals, science and mathematics courses, instructional objectives and activities, instructional resources, and factors affecting instruction. Related story. (March 2013)

Survey of the American Teacher - Challenges for School Leadership
MetLife

Job satisfaction among principals and teachers has decreased in the past five years, with teacher satisfaction reaching its lowest levels in 25 years (ECS).  Related story. (February 2013)

State Teacher Policy Yearbook - Improving Teacher Preparation
National Center on Teacher Quality

In this 2012 edition, NCTQ explores the question: What are states doing to ensure that they are systematically preparing classroom-ready teachers? Related article. (January 2013)

Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching - Culminating Findings from the MET Projects Three-year Study
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This non-technical research brief for policymakers and practitioners summarizes recent analyses from the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project on identifying effective teaching while accounting for differences among teachers’ students, on combining measures into composites, and on assuring reliable classroom observations. Related stories: The Dartmouth EdWeekstitution. (January 2013)

2012

What Teacher Preparation Programs Teach About K-12 Assessment
National Council on Teacher Quality

This report examines the extent to which teacher preparation programs train teachers to understand assessment data and use that data to make informed instructional adjustments (ECS Connections). (November 2012)

Keeping the Irreplaceables in D.C. Public Schools
The New Teacher Project

The paper explains how DCPS has moved toward smarter teacher retention, mainly by raising expectations and removing consistently low-performing teachers. It also shows that DPCS is missing some opportunities to make even more progress. (November 2012)

How Strong Are Teachers’ Unions? A State-by-State Comparison
Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now

This study concludes whether it's the right to strike, a flush membership, or an attentive legislature, the factors that build the political strength and reputation of a state's teachers' unions are multiple and interwoven. Related story. (November 2012)

The State of Teacher Evaluation Reform
The Center for American Progress

This examines teacher evaluation reform in six early adopter states.  While many state education departments are struggling to fully support the new systems, others have seen some success and are en route to developing a means of supporting districts in teacher evaluation work. Related story. (November 2012) 

The hangover: Thinking about the unintended consequences of the nation's teacher evaluation binge
American Enterprise Institute

There are many positives in teacher evaluation systems but there are pitfalls in states’ rush to legislate new systems, and there are real tensions and trade-offs in their design. Related story. (October 2012)

Teacher Quality 2.0 - From Teacher Education to Student Progress - Teacher Quality Since NCLB
American Enterprise Institute

This paper provides an overview of research and policy efforts surrounding teaching quality. The authors note that policymakers continue to experiment with many levers, including teacher preparation programs to achieve the highest-quality teacher workforce (ECS Connection). (September 2012)

An Interview With Paul Tough On Character & Schools
Education Week – Teacher

Should we teach "character" in our schools? If so, what does it look like? If not, why not? (September 2012) 

Recent State Action on Teacher Effectiveness:  What's in State Laws and Regulations?
Bellwether Edfucation Partners

This report gives what's probably the most comprehensive look to date at the teacher-quality legislative and regulatory action that has kept statehouses busy since 2009. Related story. (August 2012)

The Sheepskin Effect and Student Achievement
Center for American Progress

Teachers with master’s degrees generally earn additional salary or stipends-the so-called “master’s bump”-they are no more effective, on average, than their counterparts without master’s degrees. (August 2012)

The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America's Urban Schools
The New Teacher Project

This report documents the real teacher retention crisis in America’s schools: not only a failure to retain enough teachers, but a failure to retain the right teachers. (July 2012) 

Readers: Six resources every teacher should have
eSchool News

We recently turned to our readers for help with this question, asking: “If you could recommend just one teaching resource to your colleagues, what would it be and why?” (July 2012)

Why Are My Teachers Leaving - Retaining Public Charter Teachers for Student Success
Teach Plus

This report gives recommendations toward improving retention of teachers in public charter schools. The first is that Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) and school leaders must build a culture of feedback for continuous improvement. (July 2012)

Despite Downturn, Few Men Sign Up to Teach
Education Week

The economic downturn seems to have worsened an already-vast gap between the numbers of men and women teachers, particularly in the early grades. (May 2012)

Moving Teachers: Implementation of Transfer Incentives in Seven Districts
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

A new report describes implementation and intermediate impacts of an intervention designed to provide incentives to induce a school district's highest-performing teachers to work in its lowest-achieving schools. (April 2012)

The Characteristics and Experiences of Beginning Teachers in Seven Northeast and Islands Region States and Nationally
Institute of Education Services

The study focuses on variables related to teachers' preparation and workplace supports that research suggests might be associated with their perceptions of preparedness, effectiveness and retention. (March 2012)

Putting Students on the Path to Learning - The Case for Fully Guided Instruction
American Educator (Spring 2012)

The authors find that decades of research clearly demonstrate that for novices (virtually all students), direct, explicit instruction is more effective and efficient than partial guidance. Teachers should provide explicit direction accompanied by practice and feedback. (March 2012)

28th Annual Survey of the American Teacher
MetLife Foundation

The survey examines the views of teachers, parents and students about the teaching profession, parent and community engagement, and effects of the economy on teaching and learning in schools. Relating story. (March 2012)

Parent-Teacher Home Visits
National Education Association Foundation

This brief presents a model for parent-teacher home visits based on the experience of Seattle, Washington and Springfield, Massachusetts, two of the Foundation's Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative sites. (March 2012)

Evaluating Teacher Evaluations
Phi Delta Kappan

Popular modes of evaluating teachers are fraught with inaccuracies and inconsistencies, but the field has identified better approaches. (March 2012)

Review of State Policies on Teacher Induction
New Teacher Center

Built upon 10 critical policy criteria, this paper highlights leading state policies and offers policy recommendations to encourage the design and implementation of comprehensive, high-quality inducation and mentoring programs. Relating story. (February 2012)