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Innovation or Rigor? Why Not Both?

"Let’s not buy into the argument that we have to choose between the rigor and innovation: We need to hit the gas on both."

Amanda Kocon

What If We Better Understood How Students Experience School? 

In our upcoming national report, we take the radical step—for us and for our field at large—of asking kids themselves about their schooling.

Amanda Kocon

Sparking a School Discipline Revolution

Cami Anderson shares the Discipline Revolution Project, a new coalition of educators committing to changing our approach to school discipline.

Amanda Kocon

Is Teaching Undervalued Because It’s “Women’s Work”?

We can’t afford to ignore education’s entrenched sexism any longer—women’s capabilities are undervalued, and the highest-paid positions are disproportionally held by men.

Amanda Kocon

PARCC Can Teach Us, If We Let It

Anxieties around the new PARCC standardized tests have been swirling for a while now. To understand the ins and outs of the exam—and quell some fears—one parent sat down to take it. Here, she shares what she discovered.

Amanda Kocon

The Price of Great Teaching

Our new paper, Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay, exposes the problems with how we pay teachers in this country, and offers principles for paying our best teachers more—and differently—to give great teaching the value it deserves.

Amanda Kocon

North Carolina, Your Teachers Are Worth More

North Carolina is enacting bold reforms that have the potential to reshape the teaching profession there. But these policy changes need to be accompanied by a strong focus on retaining and rewarding high-performing teachers to truly move the profession forward.

Amanda Kocon

Ending the Teacher Hostage Crisis

For decades, the teaching profession has relied on a work now, pay later system: low salaries up front, based on promised raises for sticking around and eventual pension payouts. In the face of unfunded pension liabilities, this is an increasingly bad deal for teachers.

Amanda Kocon

What Would a Real Teaching Career Look Like?

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.

Amanda Kocon

They’re Teachers, Not Missionaries

The assertion that teachers do not go into the profession “for the money,” assumes that they are not like other professionals. And it prevents us from creating the kind of profession that will attract and retain high performers.

Amanda Kocon