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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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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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Teacher tenure has little to do with student achievement, economist says

Teacher tenure has little to do with student achievement, economist says | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post

 

Tenure in public schools is under attack from critics who argue that the system protects incompetent teachers and holds back students. Earlier this year, a judge threw out California's tenure laws, holding that they barred students of color from getting an equal education. Tenure had the effect of concentrating bad teachers in schools in impoverished, urban neighbors, the judge found in the case, Vergara v. California. Following that ruling, education reformers filed a similar suit in New York.

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Teach for America has faced criticism for years. Now it’s listening — and changing.

Teach for America has faced criticism for years. Now it’s listening — and changing. | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Dana Goldstein, Vox

 

With new leadership for the first time in its history, TFA is considering significant policy changes. What does that mean for a national school reform movement built upon its ideals?

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Education Is Not 'Moneyball': Why Teachers Can't Trust Value-Added Evaluations Yet

Education Is Not 'Moneyball': Why Teachers Can't Trust Value-Added Evaluations Yet | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
High school math teacher William Eger argues that there's too much randomness in classrooms for teachers to be evaluated statistically like baseball players.
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Build Better Teachers | RealClearPolitics

Build Better Teachers | RealClearPolitics | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Mona Charen, Real Clear Politics

 

...As Elizabeth Green argues in her new book, "Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach it to Everyone)," our education schools do not teach the mechanics of teaching: how to control a classroom, how to engage students' imaginations, how to check for understanding. They've been sidetracked by educational psychology and fads at the expense of teaching how to teach.

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When do teacher evaluations constrain teacher effectiveness?

When do teacher evaluations constrain teacher effectiveness? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Thomas Arnett, Christensen Institute

 

The problem with many teacher evaluations systems is that they assume too narrow a concept of teachers’ roles and of effective teaching practices.

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A strange definition of a ‘bad’ teacher

A strange definition of a ‘bad’ teacher | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

 

Here's how the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to strike down New York's teacher job protection laws explains the difference between his twin daughters' "good" and "bad" teachers.

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Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

Are Great Teachers Born or Made? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Nick Romeo, 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. 

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New book by veteran journalist finds that good teaching can be taught

New book by veteran journalist finds that good teaching can be taught | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Greg Toppo, USA Today

 

Interview with Elizabeth Green, author of Building a Better Teacher

 

 

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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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Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers?

Why Do Americans Love to Blame Teachers? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Noah Berlatsky, The Atlantic

 

Healthcare has its critics, but few of them are calling for doctors to be replaced. Education is different—and as a new book reveals, it has been throughout U.S. history. 

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'The Teacher Wars': An Interview With Dana Goldstein

'The Teacher Wars': An Interview With Dana Goldstein | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
I interview journalist Dana Goldstein about her book, "The Teacher Wars."
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Seven reasons why every industry should recruit teachers

Seven reasons why every industry should recruit teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. You can follow Ryan here. Not only do great teachers perform a difficult and exhausting job—they could probably outperform many of your salespeople, project managers, and executives. 1. Great teachers are creative geniuses Great teachers aren’t just cutesy arts and crafts gurus. They have to figure out how to...
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The Trouble With Tenure

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by Frank Bruni, New York Times

 

Teacher job protections are being challenged, and a lawmaker and former school principal explains why that’s good.

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Building Better Teachers

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by Sara Mosle, The Atlantic

 

Mastering the craft demands time to collaborate—just what American schools don't provide.

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Secrets of amazing teachers: What both sides of the education reform debate get wrong about autonomy and accountability

Secrets of amazing teachers: What both sides of the education reform debate get wrong about autonomy and accountability | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Everyone knows teachers are key. But the debate over reform and Common Core has stalled. This is a way forward
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Why teachers have a tougher job than doctors

Why teachers have a tougher job than doctors | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Libby Nelson, Vox

 

"The only comparison that really could apply is an emergency room doctor in a natural disaster."

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Teaching Teaching

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by Joe Nocera, New York Times

 

Teachers shouldn’t be learning on the job as they go.

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