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Oct 1 2014

Why do effective teachers leave some schools, and not others?

While some analysis of the initiative seems to indicate that Secretary Duncan is at least aware of the need for equitable (read: more) pay for teachers in needy schools, he makes no effort to address other factors that steer teachers away from disadvantaged schools, such as high student-teacher ratios, demanding and often hostile conditions, poor classroom environments, and lack of parent and community support.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Staffing
  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
  • Compensation
Oct 8 2014

Islands of excellence in school leadership are not enough

A hallmark of effective school principals is that they find a way to prioritize instructional leadership over traditional administrative tasks. While no two schools operate exactly alike, in my experience a common trait in schools led by highly effective principals is that they empower leadership at all levels of the organization, which allows them to focus more deeply on improving student achievement.

  • Student Success
  • Reports
  • Events
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
Oct 16 2014

Moving forward with parity

The incorporation of more minority teachers plays an important role in changing the perception of minorities in society, and in all students, regardless of demographics.  Especially if these teachers are hired to teach in the core subjects: science, math, English language arts, and social studies. 

  • Equity and Diversity
  • Educator Workforce
Nov 7 2014

How do we make time for teacher collaboration?

We all seem to agree that effective teachers drive student achievement. So it’s no surprise that many efforts are directed at increasing teacher effectiveness—from more rigorous licensing exams, to reconstructing teacher evaluations and the evaluation process.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways

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