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May 14 2015

Helping Educators Overcome "Initiative Fatigue"

As first appeared in Education Week March 23, 2015. Reprinted with permission from the author.

  I hear it everywhere I go: "initiative fatigue." The common-core standards are being implemented in more than 40 states, requiring significant shifts in instructional practice. At the same time, major teacher-evaluation reforms are taking hold. Too often, educators experience these changes as discordant at best, contradictory and confusing at worst.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Evaluation
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
  • Policy
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
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

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