New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced an ambitious education policy agenda in his State of the State address. In many ways, New York is an exemplar of implementation gone wrong, but Cuomo's commitment could allow teachers and students to finally benefit from sound policy ideas.
As the year winds to a close, we asked a handful of thought-provoking leaders in education to reflect on significant developments of 2014, and consider what’s to come. On everything from school discipline to immigration reform, these voices address progress, challenges and goals for the year ahead.
Great teaching shouldn't be kept secret: Today, download the current Fishman Prize winners' essay collection, Languages for Learning, and see what happens inside their classrooms. Now we're looking for the next group of winners, too—so nominate an outstanding teacher (or apply yourself) today.
This week, we’ll be considering the current state of teacher evaluation: what’s changed, what’s working and—most importantly—what remains to be done. We’ve asked some of our favorite policy leaders and educators to reflect on their experiences, too.
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.
As the nation heads back to school, many teachers will be talking with their students about the death of Michael Brown and about issues of racism, violence and injustice. Today we're sharing a resource from District of Columbia Public Schools, aimed at supporting teachers in those tough but critically important conversations.
Layla Avila took a chance on TNTP fifteen years ago, when she'd been teaching in Compton, CA and the organization was barely a start-up. Since then, she's led teacher pipeline programs from coast to coast and has helped TNTP grow, all while staying focused on the mission that inspired her from day one: a great teacher for every child.
The verdict’s in for Vergara vs. California, and the decision makes clear that the priority is finding the right balance between job protections for teachers and students' access to great teachers. It will take some time to see real policy changes from the decision, but here are four common-sense changes we hope state leaders will make to serve both teachers and students.
Classroom observations are failing to accurately evaluate teachers and provide them with useful feedback—and overstuffed rubrics are part of the problem. TNTP's Common Core-aligned rubric puts the focus on classroom content and how students are handling it.