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What Parents Neet to Know About Teacher Effectiveness Policy

What Parents Neet to Know About Teacher Effectiveness Policy | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

- Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Teacher effectiveness policy stirs up more controversy and debate than any other education policy. Two camps, each with charismatic leaders and top researchers, battle to win over public opinion.

 

[Teacher Effectiveness policy explained for parents. Articles with viewpoints from both sides of education reform included in this scoop. Do you know your leanings?]

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Teacher hopefuls go through big data wringer

Teacher hopefuls go through big data wringer | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has proposed yanking funding from weak-teacher training programs in an effort to improve the pipeline of rookie educators. But school districts aren’t waiting for that federal intervention.Instead, they’re increasingly turning to consulting firms that promise to harness the power of Big Data, “Moneyball”-style,...
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How to America's Teachers Compare Globally?

How to America's Teachers Compare Globally? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Chris Matthews, Forture

 

Making a sustained effort to attract more talented teachers could help solve this problem.

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Middle-Class Pay Elusive for Teachers, Report Says

Middle-Class Pay Elusive for Teachers, Report Says | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

 

While higher salaries can be reached relatively early in some districts, in others it can take more than three decades to get there, the National Council on Teacher Quality says.

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Teach For America At 25: With Maturity, New Pressure To Change

Teach For America At 25: With Maturity, New Pressure To Change | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Now a fixture on the education landscape, TFA faces new challenges — from inside and out.
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How Much Performance Pizzazz Does a Teacher Need to be Effective?

How Much Performance Pizzazz Does a Teacher Need to be Effective? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Does does a teacher's performance distract, or does it inspire?
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U.S. to Focus on Equity in Assigning of Teachers

U.S. to Focus on Equity in Assigning of Teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

 

Federal officials want states to ensure that poor and minority students will not be disproportionately taught by inexperienced educators.

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Five Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher

Five Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
For our 50 Great Teachers series, a panel of experts shares thoughts on great teaching: past, present, and future.

 

When we began our 50 Great Teachers series, we set out to find great teachers and tell their stories. But we'll also be exploring over the coming year questions about what it means for a teacher to be great, and how they get that way.

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What Teachers Can Learn From Vsauce's YouTube Show

What Teachers Can Learn From Vsauce's YouTube Show | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic


...They queued up their favorite episodes, “What If The Earth Stopped Spinning?” “What If the Moon Was a Disco Ball?” and “Why Are Things Creepy?” These particular videos have been viewed an average of 4 million times each, so my sons are clearly not the only Vsauce enthusiasts out there. Far from it—Stevens’ Vsauce channel boasts nearly 8 million subscribers and 700 million views.


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Kids Get Better Grades When They Share Similarities With Teachers

Kids Get Better Grades When They Share Similarities With Teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic

 

A new study suggests that a simple getting-to-know-you exercise might improve classroom relationships and even close the achievement gap.

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Teacher preparation enrollments plummet

Teacher preparation enrollments plummet | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Enrollments in teacher preparation programs in California are continuing to decline at a precipitous rate, according to new figures from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Between the 2001-02 and 2012-13 school years, enrollments in teacher preparation programs dropped 74 percent.
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“It is becoming quite alarming now,” said Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond, who is also chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. “Our capacity is much impaired to what it once was to get new teachers with the kind of recruitment incentives we had, to assist them with induction (teacher support) programs, and to retain them over their careers.”

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Teaching Revealed : Blog : Amanda Ripley : Journalist & Author

Teaching Revealed : Blog : Amanda Ripley : Journalist & Author | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

If you have time to read only one chapter of one book this fall, consider the first pages of Building A Better Teacher, a new book by journalist Elizabeth Green. It opens with you—the reader—temporarily cast as the protagonist. You’re a teacher walking into a 5th grade classroom. It sounds contrived, I know, and yet it works.

 
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Stop Scapegoating Teach for America

Stop Scapegoating Teach for America | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Conor P Williams, Daily Beast

 

Teach for America has been getting a lot of flak over its training methods—but the real scandal is that kids with five weeks of prep perform as well as teachers from traditional certification programs.

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Will test-based teacher evaluations derail the Common Core? - The Hechinger Report

Will test-based teacher evaluations derail the Common Core? - The Hechinger Report | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
GREAT NECK, N.Y. — On Sept. 2, the day her principal shared each teacher’s annual evaluation, Sheri Lederman came home from work and announced to her husband that she was ready to quit. In the span of one year, Lederman’s score dropped 13 percentage points, suddenly demoting her from an effective teacher to an ineffective …
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Where have all the black and brown teachers gone? - The Hechinger Report

Where have all the black and brown teachers gone? - The Hechinger Report | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
As a fifth grade student in Clarksville, Tenn., a small city near Nashville, I constantly got in trouble. Just about every day, I came home with a pink slip. I didn’t always know what I’d done wrong. But I knew the pink slips weren’t good and that three of them added up to detention. That’s …
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Principals reject ‘value-added’ assessment that links test scores to educators’ jobs

Principals reject ‘value-added’ assessment that links test scores to educators’ jobs | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The Obama administration supports it -- despite warnings from assessment experts.
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Why Is American Teaching So Bad?

Why Is American Teaching So Bad? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jonathan Zimmerman, New York Reive of Books

 

Who becomes a teacher in America? The answer keeps changing, and not in ways that should make any of us proud.

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Students to Teach for America CEOs: You Are ‘Complicit’ in Attacks on Public Education

Students to Teach for America CEOs: You Are ‘Complicit’ in Attacks on Public Education | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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Improving Teacher Preparation Requires Less Tinkering, More Transformation - EdCentral

Improving Teacher Preparation Requires Less Tinkering, More Transformation - EdCentral | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Innovations in alternative routes to teaching draw attention to a critical need for a new approach to traditional teacher preparation.
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What Makes Good Teaching?

What Makes Good Teaching? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
In a short documentary, three HGSE students — now alumni — interviewed faculty to find out what good teachers have in common.
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This school paid teachers $125,000 a year — and test scores went up

This school paid teachers $125,000 a year — and test scores went up | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
It's common to hear that teachers should be paid better — more like doctors and lawyers. In 2009, the Equity Project, a charter school in New York decided to try it: they would pay all their...
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As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works

As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

 

A charter school training program reflects the belief that teachers, like doctors, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can take the reins in classes of their own.

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Are teachers really ready for the Common Core? - The Boston Globe

Are teachers really ready for the Common Core? - The Boston Globe | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The controversial standards are about to be tested for the first time, yet questions remain if educators have been adequately trained.
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Teach For America: More Canary than Coal Mine

Teach For America: More Canary than Coal Mine | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Conor Williams, EdCentral

 

Teach For America is reworking its model. But let's not lose sight of the data highlighting its accomplishments thus far.

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For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, NRP Ed

 

One in five newly hired teachers has skipped university preparation for teaching. Indiana is the latest state to make entering the classroom easier.

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