In most places, the only upward mobility for teachers is to move into administration. It's high time to create a new teaching profession, where the bar to advance is high, but the opportunities to build and grow are plentiful–without leaving the classroom behind.
If you’re trying to get an accurate sense of a teacher’s classroom, asking students about their experience is common sense. But can teachers and principals actually put those insights to use? This past year, we started to find out, by surveying students of 700 teachers in four cities.
Education policy debates are often polarized and oversimplified. Take class size: while unmanageable sizes need to be dealt with, lowering sizes across the board can do as much harm as good. Personal points of view can add even more nuance, leading us to politely knock heads.
Last year, Foundation Academies faced a wake-up call after losing nearly half of its teachers in just a few months. In response, leaders have quickly shored up their thriving schools with a competitive workplace advantage: a new way for talented teachers to earn a big paycheck, fast.