If learning to teach to the Common Core standards is like learning to cook a complicated dish, teachers need a recipe of sorts to help them succeed. We're evolving our Fast Start training to help new teachers get to the Common Core-aligned instruction they're aiming for.
Earlier this month, Secretary Duncan announced a new initiative to focus on the equitable distribution of great teachers across all 50 states. What role do great school leaders play in attracting and retaining high-performing teachers in the schools that need them most?
At Harshman Middle School in Indianapolis, every teacher—from novices to veterans—receives coaching. In this Q&A, coach Ashley Cowger talks with Mrs. Pierre, a highly effective teacher with 10 years' experience, about coaching veteran teachers and what they've learned from working with each other.
Conversations about teacher compensation tend to be filled with misunderstandings and misinformation. Following on the heels of our new paper, Shortchanged, we tackle some of the most common myths about performance-based teacher pay.
We encourage the schools and districts we work with to do the hard work of using data to assess their progress towards goals, and we hold ourselves to the same standard. That's why we're embracing our inner data nerds and constantly collecting and using data of all kinds to inform our work and help us grow.
To learn the many new skills they'll need to succeed in their classrooms, new teachers need the grit to persevere and make tough feedback helpful. As we implement our new approach to selecting and training teachers, we're also thinking about how to identify signs of grit early on and then develop it to drive growth.
If something as rooted in American tradition as baseball can change, can the traditional school model do the same? We’re chewing on three key questions as we consider how to support the adaptation and development of school design to better serve students.