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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

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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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Acting Ed. Secretary: Educators 'unfairly blamed' for schools' challenges

Acting Ed. Secretary: Educators 'unfairly blamed' for schools' challenges | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
In his first major speech last month, John King apologized to the nation’s teachers.
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How Measurement Fails Doctors and Teachers

How Measurement Fails Doctors and Teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Performance metrics in medicine and education are increasingly getting in the way of quality.
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Better pay, more time to plan and one other thing teachers want from you

Better pay, more time to plan and one other thing teachers want from you | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
When Arielle Bourguignon started teaching at 24th Street Elementary in Jefferson Park about two years ago, she felt UCLA 's education school had prepared her well.
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Teaching Teachers To Teach: It's Not So Elementary

Teaching Teachers To Teach: It's Not So Elementary | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How are great teachers created? Practice, practice, practice, says Deborah Ball, dean of the University of Michigan School of Education.
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"Deans for Impact" Group Aims to Reform Ed Schools From Within

"Deans for Impact" Group Aims to Reform Ed Schools From Within | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

“The problem in American education is not dumb teachers. The problem is dumb teacher training,” University of Virginia cognitive scientist Dan Willingham recently wrote in the New York Times. Indeed, if there’s any part of the education pipeline that’s ripe for retooling, it’s the way we prepare teachers...

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Research: Collaboration Is Key for Teacher Quality -- THE Journal

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University found in a study of teachers in Miami that collaboration is a significant factor in improving teachers’ ability to impact student learning.
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Questions abound for new program that rewards teachers based on SAT and ACT scores

Questions abound for new program that rewards teachers based on SAT and ACT scores | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
About two years ago, state Rep. Erik Fresen picked up Amanda Ripley's The Smartest Kids in the World to read on the plane.
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Myth: You Can Do More With Less - Pasi Sahlberg

Myth: You Can Do More With Less - Pasi Sahlberg | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Fallacies influence education thinking during times of austerity

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The Myth of Having Summers Off

The Myth of Having Summers Off | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
When summer hits, teachers often find themselves busy with all the business they were unable to accomplish during the frantic school year.
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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?
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Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
As union foes use courts to roll back tenure laws, unions try the same tactic to stop test-based teacher evaluations.
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The U.S. Needs More Rigorous and Selective Teacher Colleges

The U.S. Needs More Rigorous and Selective Teacher Colleges | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Amanda Ripley, New York Times


If you elevate the teaching profession, people will trust teachers more and politicians will give them more autonomy — and even more pay.

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Report: 11 States Tie Teacher Effectiveness to their Teacher Preparation Programs.

Report: 11 States Tie Teacher Effectiveness to their Teacher Preparation Programs. | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Eleven states now tie teacher outcomes back to their preparation programs, and an increasing number of states are planning to use that data to decide whether to keep programs open, according to a new report by Bellwether Education Partners. The report comes as many teacher preparation programs and experts are waiting on the U.S. Department …
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Education Is Performance Art

Education Is Performance Art | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
One half of the entertainment duo Penn & Teller explains how performance and discomfort make education come alive.
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What high performing countries have to teach us about teacher training - The Hechinger Report

What high performing countries have to teach us about teacher training - The Hechinger Report | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
America’s traditional teacher preparation programs are under siege; enrollment is dwindling, as prospective teachers turn to increasingly popular alternative programs. There are calls for regulators to step in to shut down the worst institutions and help many others improve. But where should experts look to for best practices? A panel of education experts, assembled to …
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Hey, New Teachers, It's OK To Cry In Your Car

Hey, New Teachers, It's OK To Cry In Your Car | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Getting through October and November can be tough for first-year teachers. Having someone along for the ride can help, and a veteran teacher near Miami offers hope and advice.
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Deans for Impact publishes report on science of learning

Deans for Impact publishes report on science of learning | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

The Science of Learning explores six questions:

 

How do students understand new ideas?
How do they learn and retain new information?
How do they solve problems?
How does learning transfer to new situations?
What motivates students to learn?
What are some common misconceptions about how students think and learn?

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Today's newest teachers face tough job odds, high turnover

Today's newest teachers face tough job odds, high turnover | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Is it a good time to become a teacher? Salaries haven't kept up with inflation, tenure is under attack and standardized test scores are being used to fire teachers. And that's if you get a job. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on the struggles for today's newly trained educators to find work and stay in the classroom.
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For Effective Education Policy, Listen to Effective Teachers

For Effective Education Policy, Listen to Effective Teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
At the heart of the disagreement is whether the law should include meaningful accountability for the nation's most at-risk students. A group of effective classroom teachers from across the country is joining the fray with a powerful -- and perhaps unexpected -- message.
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Why so many teachers leave — and how to get them to stay

Why so many teachers leave — and how to get them to stay | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
On paper, teaching seems like the perfect job. Don't kid yourself.
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Learning From Students -Harvard Education Letter

Learning From Students -Harvard Education Letter | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Most teachers are accustomed to feedback from principals and coaches, but some have started hearing from the people who know them best: students. Last year, over a million K–12 students took surveys developed by educational services companies to rate how well their teachers teach, and many others took locally developed surveys. A growing number of states and districts allow the use of these surveys as part of teacher evaluation systems, and a few even require their use. For example, student surveys account for 5 percent of teachers’ evaluation scores in Memphis and for 15 percent in the Pittsburgh...

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New California Bill Would Have Unions Decide About Using Test Scores To Evaluate Teachers

New California Bill Would Have Unions Decide About Using Test Scores To Evaluate Teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 22 (Reuters) - The degree to which student test scores in California could be used to evaluate teachers' job performance would be decided in union negotiations rather than by school dist...
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Grading Teachers by the Test

Grading Teachers by the Test | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eduardo Porter, New York Times

 

The phenomenon is best known as Goodhart’s Law, after the British economist Charles Goodhart. Luis Garicano at the London School of Economics calls it the Heisenberg Principle of incentive design, after the defining uncertainty of quantum physics: A performance metric is only useful as a performance metric as long as it isn’t used as a performance metric.

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Virginia joins debate on making teacher evaluation data public

Virginia joins debate on making teacher evaluation data public | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A Loudoun County parent is suing state officials to force the release of evaluation data for thousands of teachers across Virginia, making it the latest in a series of states to grapple with whether such information should be made public.
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An Evaluation System Linked to Retention and Reward Is Vital

An Evaluation System Linked to Retention and Reward Is Vital | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eric Hansuhek, New York Times

 

Gains in student achievement should be one element in identifying good teachers, along with assessments by supervisors and professional evaluators.

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