Teacher Resources

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

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.

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:

Great Georgia Teachers: Atlanta's Elisha Gray. 'I see abilities, not disabilities.'
New era of accountability: Reducing students to "anonymous data points."
Why our kids need drama
The unseen benefits of the arts in the schools
Common Core State Standards: A lesson in shrewd marketing 
Is teaching a special career, or a job like any other? 
Seeing teachers as technicians ignores what else they give students: confidence, moral support and inspiration 
Why is the image of public education distorted by media? 
Griffin-Spalding teacher Lisa Miller: Coming home to teach 
The power of school music programs: Students come for the music and stay for the math 

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.

The Ignite! team wants your opinion on education.  Take their quick survey now!

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"

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.

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)