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Georgia's 2015 Teacher of the Year, Amanda Miliner, is now crisscrossing the state talking and listening to teachers.  The former Teacher of the Year Jemelleh Coes was tireless in her service to her fellow teachers.  She also provided vital "teacher voice" to the Georgia Partnership as a member of our Board of Directors over the past year.  We asked her to take a few minutes and reflect on her incredible year-long journey.  See her comments here.

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 recently 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 the latest from eSchool News: 6 small grants for teachers that could make a big difference. (February 2015)

From time to time here we will add web sites that might provide interesting, helpful teacher information.

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. 

Education Week provides a weekly "Teacher Update" with a variety of stories.  Keep in mind Ed Week requires a subscription after 10 free monthly reads.  Here is the latest edition.

eSchool News is also offering a weekly feature designed to provide online inspirational talks for educators.  Check:  5 TED Talks to support innovation.

Speaking of eSchool News... consider signing-up for a free online subscription.  The publication is filled with technology news and ideas that might help in your classroom.

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.

Looking for some good professional development reading material?  Check out this eSchool News story:  50 top books for teachers.

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.

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.  Others appear in other publications:

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

Georgia Department of Education Launches Teacher Resource Link
The state's educators now have access to thousands of digital resources aligned to the state’s K-12 curriculum through the new Teacher Resource Link (TRL). (March 2013)

The Ignite Show (Teachers Ignite!) - Check out this new initiative.  Here is what the organizers say about this online and Georgia Public Broadcasting- based effort: We are building a dynamic, fun, relevant, and entertaining show to support and uplift our nation's educators. Content is largely determined through teacher input with the goal to get us all talking more openly about relevant issues in education to parents, teachers, and students.

Teach Plus - This site offers a vareity of teacher based reports and information. The mission of Teach Plus is to improve outcomes for urban children by ensuring that a greater proportion of students have access to effective, experienced teachers.  It is founded on the premise that teachers want to learn and grow in the profesion, and want to ensure that their development results in increased learning among their students.

Teacher Leaders Network - This is a network of active communities populated by highly accomplished teacher leaders from across the nation who are dedicated to student success and the transformation of teaching into a true profession.

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

Equity Express - A weekly compilation of stories and other information for teachers.  You can subscribe. Provided by Education Trust.

Milken Family Foundation: Connections - "Linking talented educators"

7 engaging video sites for teachers and students

Ten great sites with free teacher resources

The Teacher Channel

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

Educational Researcher - This presents scholarly articles that are of general significance to the education research community and that come from a wide range of areas of education research and related disciplines.

Inspired Apple, a Teaching Blog by Babbling Abby - This Ohio elementary teacher has won national acclaim for her education blog.  Here's the story.

Masters in Education Online - Thinking about getting that masters degree?  Here is an interesting resource to check out. If you visit, let us know what you think of it.

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 Center 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.

Teacher and Teaching Issues

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.

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?

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) 

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)

<//i>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

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

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?

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

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

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

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) 

Nominations Open for $25K Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Performance
The New Teacher Project 

The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice – named for acclaimed DC Public Schools teacher Shira Fishman – is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers working in high-poverty public schools. (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

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)

The Power of the Pygmalion Effect - Expectations Have a Deep Influence on Student Performance
Center for American Progress

Students from low-income families and students of color may perform poorly in school because their teachers simply do not believe in them. Researchers found that students whose teachers expected them to graduate from college were significantly more likely to do so. Related stories:  Huffington Post and educationpost. (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)

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
<//b>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

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

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 from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. (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

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?

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

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

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

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140502005221/en/Survey-49-percent-K-12-Teachers-Inspired-Childhood#.U2PuDl4Q7wKA 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)

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)

An Ocean of Unknowns:  Risks and Opportunities in Using Student Achievement Data to Evaluate Pre-K-3rd Grade Teachers
New America Foundation

This paper provides a snapshot of how student achievement data are being used in teacher evaluation systems today and illuminates the issues causing states and school districts the most struggles. Related story. Introduction. (May 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)

Do First Impressions Matter? Improvement in Early Career Teacher Effectiveness
National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research

New teachers become much more effective with a few years of classroom experience, but a team of researchers suggests the most—and least—effective elementary teachers show their colors at the very start of their careers Related story. (March 2013)

Survey of the American Teacher - Challenges for School Leadership

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. Survey introduction. (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 EdWeek and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (January 2013)

Teaching Trends: The Transformation of the Teaching Force
University of Pennsylvania and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education

This exploratory research project attempted to discover what kinds of trends and changes have, or have not, occurred to the teaching force over the past few decades.  Results: the teaching force has been and is greatly changing but even the most dramatic changes have not been noticed. Related story. (Published April 2012, posted here December 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) 

State of the States' 2012: Teacher Effectivess Policies (NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief Area 3: Identifying Effective Teachers
National Council on Teacher Quality

This brief includes the latest breaking and most up-to-date findings on how states are evaluating teacher performance and using the results for decisions of consequence such as granting teachers tenure. (October 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)

Trending Toward Reform: Teachers Speak on Unions and the Future of the Profession
Education Sector

Last fall, Education Sector surveyed a nationally representative random sample of more than 1,100 K-12 public school teachers. The results of that survey are published here. (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)

Trending Toward Reform: Teachers Speak on Unions and the Future of the Profession
Education Sector

Over the past decade, teachers have seen changes in both their conditions of employment—from pay to retirement benefits—and their practice. Far too often, these policies have been made by people who talk about teachers, rather than talking to them. (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)

Building and Sustaining Talent -  Creating Conditions in High Poverty Schools That Support Effective Learning and Teaching
The Education Trust

Report:   Conditions for teaching and learning are critical to teacher satisfaction. Failure to improve conditions for teachers has real and often dramatic consequences for the students in high-poverty schools.  Districts must take responsibility for making all their schools places where good teachers want to work. Related story. (July 2012)

The Sheepskin Effect and Student Achievement
Center for American Progress

Despite little research supporting the practice, paying teachers for earning advanced degrees continues to cost states billions of dollars-in 2008-09, an estimated $14 billion (ECS). Related story. (July 2012)

Measuring Teacher Effectiveness
ConnCan/50 Can/Public Impact

A “look under the hood” of 10 different teacher evaluation systems operated by states, districts, charter schools, and one teacher preparation program. Related information.  Related story. (June 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)

Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century Lessons from Around the World

This evaluates education systems around the world, identifies the best ways to improve the quality of teaching, provides available research about what can make educational reforms effective, and highlights examples of reforms. (April 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)

How Teacher Turnover Harms Student Achievement
National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research

This study concludes when teachers leave schools, overall morale appears to suffer enough that student achievement declines - both for those taught by the departed teachers and by students whose teachers stayed put. Relating article. (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)