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October 11, 2018
Teachers getting better under Tennessee’s controversial evaluation system, says new analysis
Measurable benefits for both students and teachers have come out of the system since 2011, says the National Council on Teacher Quality.
September 12, 2018
In latest move, Gates Foundation looks to help — and learn from — charters serving students with disabilities
The foundation has made four grants in recent months focused on helping charter schools better serve students with disabilities.
By the numbers
September 6, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg’s education giving so far has topped $300 million. Here’s a list of where it’s going
What we collected includes over 50 groups and about $137 million of the $308 million CZI says it has donated to education-related causes.
Show me the money
Updated September 10, 2018
Lifting the veil on education’s newest big donor: Inside Chan Zuckerberg’s $300 million push to reshape schools
The new numbers offer hints about how broadly CZI may try to extend its influence, as Zuckerberg’s billions position the organization to become even more powerful.
August 28, 2018
Gates Foundation gives $92 million to networks of schools in latest reform effort
Most of the 19 new grants are going to nonprofit organizations, including a group of urban California districts and New Visions, a New York City-based network.
the portfolio push
August 21, 2018
40 cities in 10 years: Leaked presentation offers more details on new group’s goals to spread charter (and charter-like) schools
The City Fund wants to reach 5 percent of low-income students in the U.S. within five years, according to a presentation obtained by Chalkbeat.
Updated July 18, 2018
How bias happens: teaching struggling students can affect observation scores, study finds
The types of students teachers instruct may influence how administrators evaluate their performance.
February 6, 2018
With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory
The Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. But that may run into some challenges.
October 19, 2017
Gates Foundation to move away from teacher evals, shifting attention to ‘networks’ of public schools
In a speech Thursday, Bill Gates said the foundation is about to launch a new, locally driven effort to help existing public schools improve.
March 28, 2017
How do you get teacher candidates to fall in love with Memphis? Shelby County Schools is taking them to a Grizzlies game.
Shelby County Schools will kick off its hiring season this weekend by treating teacher candidates to dinner and a free Memphis Grizzlies game.
February 17, 2016
After navigating leadership change at City Hall, New Visions prepares for one of its own
New Visions for Public Schools President Robert Hughes ran a school-system-within-a-school-system. Now, he's moving to the Gates Foundation.
There's no "we" in personalized learning
November 5, 2014
Report: How 23 charter schools have ‘personalized’ learning
A new report from the Gates Foundation says that personalized learning programs may be boosting students' test scores—even as it tries to define what, exactly, personalized learning looks like.
August 14, 2014
Memphis Teacher Residency program expands, gets statewide recognition
It’s just past 8 a.m. in the basement of Union Avenue Baptist Church in the middle of the summer. A room full of 67 young…
Shelby County Schools
June 17, 2014
Shelby County board considers teacher and leader, nursing contracts
Board members wondered whether some of the programs, including Tripod surveys provided by Cambridge Education and an online professional development video library provided through Teachscape, Inc., are actually useful and being used by teachers and district staff.
November 27, 2013
Teach For America contract in Memphis area approved, despite concerns
Shelby County's merged school board voted 5-2 to keep its contract with Teach For America at last night's board meeting, despite concerns about the program's recruitment fee.
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