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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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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

The Trouble With Tenure | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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

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

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

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

by Joe Nocera, New York Times

 

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

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Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, nprEd

 

A Dartmouth study suggests that fifth-graders are still "learning to read," not just "reading to learn."

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Not teacher quality, but quality teaching

Not teacher quality, but quality teaching | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Robert Pondiscio, Common Core Watch

 

I’m looking forward to Elizabeth Green’s forthcoming book Building a Better Teacher. A sneak preview will run in the New York Times magazine this weekend and already is

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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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The GreatSchools Blog: What does teacher tenure mean for parents?

The GreatSchools Blog: What does teacher tenure mean for parents? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
by Carol Lloyd, Executive Editor This week, when a California court ruled that...
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Are Researchers Who Helped Popularize VAM Having Second Thoughts?

Are Researchers Who Helped Popularize VAM Having Second Thoughts? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo, Larry Ferlazzo's Blog

 

Two-and-a-half years ago, economists Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff published an extremely influential and well-known study that popularized Value-Added Measurements as a teacher eval...

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Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance

Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

 

The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling issued Wednesday.

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"The judges said the specter of parents battling to place their children with the highest-performing teachers was of "particular concern."

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