A recent personal attack on Randi Weingarten is a shameful example of a tactic that has become all too common in our debate about improving schools. If we are serious about the work at hand, it's time to reject these tactics and focus on what's best for students and teachers.
As our Fast Start training has evolved, we've seen that new teachers need more support mastering Common Core-aligned instruction. Without straying from the core premise of Fast Start—focus on a few key strategies and practice, practice, practice— we're exploring new ways to get teachers ready for rigorous instruction from day one.
School's back, and that means all over the country, teachers and students are gearing up for the year to come. We asked four alumni of our Teaching Fellows programs to share their top tips for getting the school year off to a strong start.
Parents in New York are suing to overturn teacher tenure laws, and other states may soon face similar lawsuits. Here's why a middle ground between keeping tenure as-is and getting rid of it altogether would benefit teachers, students and the teaching profession.
There's been a lot of talk lately about teacher tenure—and some states may soon face court orders to change their tenure laws. Today, we're releasing a short paper with eight recommendations for common-sense changes to current laws and regulations that we think will fix tenure without ending it.
In this Q&A, Rachel McClam, a 2012 Fishman Prize finalist, explains how despite being deemed a "good teacher" by her second year, she was hungry to learn more. So she moved to a school where she had access to regular feedback from a dedicated coach, and now she's coaching other teachers—while continuing to teach part-time.