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May 26, 2016

From skeptic to believer: A cooperating teacher’s change of heart

Sue Dickman rarely used to volunteer to host teacher candidates (also known as student teachers) assigned to her classroom. A veteran teacher who has taught sixth grade for 20 years at Agnes Stewart Middle School in Springfield, she felt the setup shortchanged the teacher candidate as well as her own students.

  • Teacher Preparation
Jan 25, 2016

Mentoring is the engineering of educators

Research shows that beginning teachers who have a mentor are more likely to believe their instructional practices have improved and they are more satisfied with their jobs, leading to higher teacher retention rates.  If we wish to recruit, retain, and raise high-quality, effective beginning teachers, mentor programs are vital to the educational system.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Mentoring
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
Jan 13, 2016

Improvement science aligns education solutions to real problems

“When we identify a problem of practice, when we take the time to analyze why there is a problem in the first place, when we engage in a process where everyone feels like their voice has been heard, where everyone is engaged, this is where true change can take place.” — Design Team Member

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
Dec 3, 2015

Getting it right is not impossible: The need for leadership at all levels

Keynote Peter Cunningham, executive director of Education Post and former assistant secretary for communications and outreach for the U.S. Department of Education, kicked off the event with a talk that ranged from electoral politics to funding equity to professional development.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Student Success
  • Events
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Educator Workforce
  • Quality Educators
  • Presentations
  • Policy
  • Accountability


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