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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.


Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Teacher absences impact learning and U.S. teachers have a bad reputation compared to business counterparts.  This study compares charter and traditional public school teachers.  Who was better?  Introduction. (September 20)

How One Group is Working to Build a More Diverse Teaching Force

Although minorities have joined the nation's teaching force in greater numbers, they are still underrepresented in U.S. classrooms.  A former education dean is out to change that. (September 20)

Teacher License Reciprocity
Education Commission of the States

This report details what is expected across the nation from out-of-state teacher candidates.  (September 19)

Teachers' Pay: What On Earth Are We Thinking?
Education Week

(Free registration or paid subscription required.) The title says it all.  U.S. teachers are woefully underpaid in comparison to others with similar education levels. (September 14)

Scrutinizing Equal Pay for Equal Work for Teachers

This paper examines inequalities of teacher compensation and explores its relationships to inequalities in both school funding and pensions. Related story. (September 11) 

Using Data to Ensure That Teachers Are Learner Ready on Day One
Data Quality Campaign

This report highlights how states can lead the way by making sure the right information is available to those who need it and that leaders have the skills to use that information for continuous teacher improvement, not just accountability. Introduction. (August 3)

Meet a Teacher Who is Using Plants to Change Students' Lives
Education Week Teacher

From a strange beginning until now, this New York teacher is using plants to change the lives of students in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. (July 21)

Here's How Much Teachers Make in Each State
Money Talks

Ever wondered what teachers make across the country?  Are you a teacher who has thought what could I earn in another state?  Check this story. (July 15)

Impact of The New Teacher Project's Teaching Fellows in Urban School Districts
American Institutes for Research

This report looks at the results these teachers get - after a 6-8 week training period - in comparison to other traditionally trained teachers. (July 7)

How Do You Know When a Teaching Strategy is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea.


Untangling education research can often feel overwhelming, which may be why many research-based practices take a long time to show up in real classrooms. (June 19)

5 Reasons Why Every Day Should be Teacher Appreciation Day
Huffington Post

There are about a million reasons to love teachers. I have to say one commonality I’ve seen among the most talented classroom teachers I know is their belief and investment in high standards, for both themselves and their students. (May 9)

Georgia Teacher Now Teaching in China
An Interview with Katelyn Warner

We recently had the good fortune of meeting a young Georgia teacher who decided to pursue an opportunity to teach in China.  Katelyn Warner formerly taught at Hembree Springs  Elementary School (Fulton County). f you have other questions for Katelyn, drop us a note.

A Quarter Century of Changes in the Elementary and Secondary Teaching Force - Statistical Analysis Report
Institute of Education Sciences

This statistical analysis shows the number of minority teachers more than doubled in the United States over a 25-year period but still represent less than 20 percent of the country’s elementary and secondary school teaching force, a new statistical analysis of data shows. Related story. (April 17)

Teacher Merit Pay and Student Test Scores: A Meta-Analysis
Vanderbilt University

Heaps of conflicting studies exist on whether teacher incentive pay improves student performance. Now after wading through decades of findings, researchers at Vanderbilt University have come to a conclusion. It does. Related story. (April 14)

Why Even Great Teaching Strategies Can Backfire and What to Do About It

Educators often look for classroom inspiration from instructional strategies that “work,” focusing on how many students improved based on a given strategy. While that’s important and helpful, focusing only on how a strategy works, without examining why it didn’t work for some learners, is a missed opportunity. (March 27)

The Right Tool for the Job: Improving Reading and Writing in the Classroom
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This provides in-depth reviews of several promising digital learning tools. Fordham focused the series on English language arts (ELA) resources, as educators stress that those are particularly difficult to come by, especially writing tools. Introduction. (March 16)

Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' Blog: A young teacher.  A troubled teen. A career at stake. Perils of trying to help students.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(Subscription may be required.) Samantha Major’s saga reflects the pitfalls facing teachers who step forward, who go above and beyond to help students. Major was warned by colleagues that the 15-year-old student seeking her out was deeply troubled, but the young teacher thought she could help. The decision may cost the 26-year-old her career. Palm Beach Post story. (February 28)

Indianapolis is Experimenting With a New Kind of Teacher - And It Is Transforming This School

School 107 is one of six district schools piloting the opportunity culture program, which allows principals to pay experienced teachers as much as $18,000 extra each year to support other classrooms. Next year, the program will expand to 10 more schools. (February 21) 

Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises
National Council on Teacher Policy

This report finds that within the 30 states that require student learning measures to be at least a significant factor in teacher evaluations, state guidance and rules in most states allow teachers to be rated effective even if they receive low scores on the student learning component of the evaluation. Introduction. (January 25)


Teacher Observations Have Been a Waste of Time and Money

Fundamental information that is the basis for evaluating the performance of our K-12 education system is sending different signals. Measures of student achievement point to low levels and meager improvement. Measures of teaching indicate nearly every teacher is effective. But teachers are the most important input to learning—something’s amiss. (December 12) 

Teacher Race and School Discipline

Across the United States, black and Latino students are far more likely than their white classmates to be removed from school as punishment. Related story. (November 3)

The Failing First Line of Defense
The Atlantic

Teachers are often the first adults students turn to when struggling with mental health, but educators are not adequately trained to address the crises. (October 19)

Teachers Wanted, Needed, Underappreciated
Georgia Trend

Georgia's teacher shortage is felt in every corner of the state, a consequence of the economy, poor working conditions and an over-emphasis on testing.  Experts say there are solutions - but no quick fixes. (October 10)

Building the Talent Pipeline:  Three Steps to Attract and Retain Educators
Battelle for Kids

Knowing that every district faces different challenges with attracting and retaining educators, Battelle for Kids developed this report to help districts develop customized strategies that work within their unique context. Introduction. (October 10)

Mindset in the Classroom - A National Study of K-12 Teachers
Education Week Research Center

This report presents findings from the survey, which was designed to examine teachers’ perspectives, professional development and training, and classroom practices. Related story. (September 22)

Virtual Reality Surging Into the Classroom

Twenty-three percent of schools in a recent survey said they have tested virtual reality or tried it in classrooms. Schools are evenly divided on whether or not their infrastructure can support virtual reality. Survey. Related story. (September 19)

A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Learning Policy Institute 

Recent media reports of teacher shortages across the country are confirmed by the analysis of several national data sets reported in this brief.  Shortages are particularly severe in special ed, math, science, and bilingual/English learner education. Brief. Related story. (September 15)

Solving the Teacher Shortage - How to Attract and Retain Excellent Educators
Learning Policy Institute

This brief reports on a research review that finds that most effective policies for attracting and retaining strong educators include increasing their compensation and improving their preparation, professional support, and working conditions as well as improving district and school management practices that otherwise create obstacles to recruitment and retention. Brief. (September 15)

The Teacher Pay Gap is Wider Than Ever
Economic Policy Institute

An effective teacher is the most important school-based determinant of education outcomes. Therefore it is crucial that school districts recruit and retain high-quality teachers. (September 1)

High Hopes and Harsh Realities - the Real Challenges to Building a Diverse Teacher Workforce
Brookings - Brown Center on Education Policy and National Council on Teacher Quality

This report examines what it would take to achieve a national teacher workforce that is as diverse as the student body it serves, and how long it will take to reach that goal. Introduction (1). Introduction (2). Related story. (August 19)

The Teacher Pay Gap is Wider than Ever
Economic Policy Institute

The teacher pay penalty is bigger than ever. In 2015, public school teachers’ weekly wages were 17.0 percent lower than those of comparable workers—compared with just 1.8 percent lower in 1994. Press release. (August 9)

Teacher Cognitive Ability Around the World.... Where is U.S.?

If you think the skills of American teachers don’t stack up to those of teachers in other countries, you’re wrong—American teachers are perfectly mediocre. Well, in fairness, American teachers seem to be a touch above average in literacy skills and noticeably below average in numeracy. (July 27)

Not So Elementary - Primary School Teacher Quality in Top-Performing Systems
Center on International Education Benchmarking

U.S. elementary-grade teachers get far less training than teachers in high-achieving countries for deep understanding of the foundational math, reading, and science content they teach. Policy brief. Press release. Related storyRelated story. Related story. (July 22)

Faculty Qualification Policies and Strategies Relevant to Dual Enrollment Programs: An Analysis of States and Regional Accreditation Agencies
Midwestern Higher Education Compact/Education commission of the States

This report reviews how states across the country address the quality of dual enrollment courses though policies regarding teacher qualifications.  Introduction. (July 15)

Teacher Pay Around the World

American teachers are underpaid when compared to teachers in the nations we compete with. Let me begin with a picture showing how we compare to Finland—everyone’s favorite educational success story and a country not noted for paying its teachers especially well. (June 21) 

The Hidden Role of Teachers - Child and Classroom Predictors of Interracial Friendships
New York University - Steinhardt School

(The abstract is free, full report requires payment.) Children in late elementary and middle school tend to form friendships with same-race peers. Yet, given the potential benefits of cross-race friendships, it is important to understand the individual and contextual factors that increase the likelihood of cross-race friendship over time. Related story (NYU). Related story (The Atlantic). (June 15)

The 7 Questions Every New Teacher Should Be Able to Answer
eSchool News

Not long ago, the leadership team of a school district I was working with asked me: “If you were going to hire a new teacher, what would you ask in the interview?” They were concerned that hiring teachers with the right skills now can save a district a lot of money in staff development later. (June 13)

Grading the Graders - A Report on Teacher Evaluation Reform in Public Education
Center for the Future of American Education - Georgetown University

This is an analysis of the teacher evaluation reform movement. It includes a wide range of recommendations for state and local policymakers wanting to improve their evaluation systems under ESSA.

Georgia Teacher of the Year Ernie Lee Reflects on 2015-16
James Magazine

Teacher of the Year Ernie Lee took some time recently to reflect on his year traveling the state. You will find the abbreviated interview on page 31.  Here is the full interview. (May 27)

Fishman Prize Series: Unlocking Student Effort - How Five Irreplaceable Teachers Engage, Challenge, and Inspire students to Excellence
The New Teacher Project (TNTP)

Our goal of the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom practice is to shine a spotlight on great teaching and amplify the voices of some of the nation’s best educators so that others can gain insight into their remarkable classrooms. Related story - Georgia winner! (May 19)

Listen to Us:  Teacher Views and Voices
Center for Education Policy

This report is the results of a survey of public school teachers to learn their views on the teaching profession, state standards and assessments, testing, and teacher evaluations, summarizes these survey findings, including responses indicating that public school teachers are concerned and frustrated with shifting policies, over emphasis on student testing, and their lack of voice in decision-making.  Related story. (May 16)

Teacher Shortages: What We Know
Education Commission of the States

This brief is the first in a series of reports examining the teacher shortage dilemma. It considers what the research says about teacher shortages and highlights recent state task force findings. Introduction.  (May 11) 

Holding Teacher Preparation Accountable
National Education Policy Center

Teacher preparation has emerged as an acutely politicized and publicized issue in U.S. education policy and practice, and there have been fierce debates about whether, how, by whom, and for what purposes teachers should be prepared. This brief takes up four major national initiatives intended to improve teacher quality. Introduction. Related article. (March 18)

Addressing Overtesting:  The Student Assessment Inventory in Action

In 2015, Achieve provided targeted support to districts and support organizations in four states to complete assessment inventories, make recommendations, and take action to streamline assessment systems and ensure that they are coherent
and high quality. This report provides details. Introduction. (March 11) 

What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?
eSchool news

For the past year and a half, we’ve both been working with teachers and university students integrating iPad technology into the classroom in a controlled way. While doing this, we came across several outcomes that made us question and dig deeper into what the research actually says about using them in the classroom. (February 2016) 

Analysis of the Stability of Teacher-level Growth Scores from the Student Growth Percentile Model
Institute of Education Sciences - U.S. DOE

The Nevada Department of Education asked the U.S. DOE's Institute of Education Sciences to investigate the stability of student-level test score.  The Regional Educational Laboratory analyzed three years of math and reading score data for about 370 elementary and middle school teachers from Nevada's second largest school district.  This is what they found. Related story. (January 2016)

Georgia's Teacher Dropout Crisis - A Look at Why Nearly Half of Georgia Public School Teachers are Leaving the Profession
Georgia Department of Education

In the fall of 2015 the Georgia Professional Standards Commission reported a worrying statistic: 44% of public school teachers in the state leave within the first five years of employment. This focuses on a survey taken from over 53,000 educators in the state on the possible reasons for this attrition. Related story. (January 2016)


2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook - National Summary
National Council on Teaching Quality

Comprised of a National Summary and State-specific reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this 52 volume Yearbook provides a 360-degree analysis of every state law, rule and regulation that shapes the teaching profession—from teacher preparation, licensing and evaluation to compensation, professional development and dismissal policy. Introduction. Related story.  How did Georgia do? (December 2015)

State of the States 2015 - Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning
National Council on Teaching Quality

This report presents the most comprehensive and up-to-date policy trends on how states are evaluating teachers. It also breaks new ground by providing a look at the policy landscape on principal effectiveness. Related story. (November 2015)

5 Ideas to Improve Teacher Quality
Hechinger Report -U.S. Department of Education

Low-performing schools struggle to attract and retain good teachers. This June, in an effort to give more students access to excellent teachers, the U.S. DOE required states to submit “educator equity plans,” meant to identify the root causes of why poor and minority kids receive more inexperienced teachers and fix the problem. (September 2015)

Results from The Teach for America 2015 National Principal Survey
Rand Corporation

The results of this survey show the context and conditions in which corps members are working, how principals perceive corps members, and how principals perceive their interactions with TFA. Related story. (September 2015)

Despite Embracing New Technology, 87% of K-12 Educators Have Not Integrated Social Media Into the Classroom
University of Phoenix

Despite the expansion of EdTech tools as classroom resources, educators have not warmed to the idea of integrating social platforms as quickly as other types of classroom technology. Related story. (September 2015)

Teacher Shortages: Catastrophe or Opportunity?
Education Week

Opinion:  How did we get to this point? The trail is not hard to follow.  When college-educated women had few choices other than being a nurse, a secretary or a teacher, we were able to get great teachers for next to nothing. (September 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

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?

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)

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) 

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)

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

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. (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

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)


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

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)


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)