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November 16, 2017
Teachers in Millington and Knoxville just won the Oscar awards of education
Teachers in Millington and Knoxville receive a prestigious national teaching award, $25,000 checks, and a visit from the state’s education chief.
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August 18, 2017
Teachers: How does your district handle family leave? How did it affect your life?
Your answers will help guide our reporting.
change over time
August 9, 2017
Why do New York City educators not get paid family leave? A teacher’s petition reignites a fight
Teachers union members must use their own accrued sick days to take time off after having a child.
Detroit Journalism Cooperative
June 21, 2017
Restrictions on teacher pay in Detroit schools can scare away applicants — and make it hard to fill 260 classroom positions
In Detroit, as many as 260 classroom teacher positions are unfilled in the state’s largest district, prompting a shortage so severe that substitutes last year were the full-time solution in more than 100 classrooms.
An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made many education promises. Here’s what he’s delivered so far — and what he hasn’t
With the mayoral election approaching, we've taken stock of de Blasio's progress on education.
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May 12, 2017
New York City is honoring 19 exceptional teachers. Here’s who they are
New York City announced its Big Apple Award winners.
April 12, 2017
Teacher merit pay has merit when it comes to student scores, analysis shows
After years of conflicting studies about whether teacher incentive pay improves student performance, a Vanderbilt University analysis offers a conclusion — and suggestions.
March 28, 2017
Memphis lawmaker, voucher advocate says ‘unraised’ students hold back public schools, teachers
Rep. John DeBerry’s comments offer new insight into his motivation for wanting families to be able to use public funding to pay private school tuition.
Father of TVAAS
March 20, 2017
William Sanders, pioneer of controversial value-added model for judging teachers, dies
The Tennessee statistician and researcher came up with the nation’s first system for evaluating teachers based on student growth, kicking off a contentious debate.
March 17, 2017
Colorado’s rural schools need teachers and want lawmakers to help
Lawmakers are considering three bills that supporters believe could help schools — especially those in rural areas like La Veta — combat a teacher shortage that is only expected to get worse.
March 3, 2017
Want educational equity? Make sure your teachers feel valued, say lawmakers
Talk turns to teachers during a discussion with state lawmakers organized by the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition.
school for love
February 13, 2017
A three-year secret relationship, three TFA marriages, and other love stories from school
This Valentine’s Day, Chalkbeat is looking at the love stories that launch in teachers’ lounges, training sessions, and after-school happy hours every year.
January 26, 2017
Memphis wants to become ‘Teacher Town,’ especially to feed its ‘priority schools.’ Here’s the latest feedback from teachers.
A new survey offers insights into what’s working, what’s not, and where the city’s new teacher hires are coming from.
November 15, 2016
Pumpkin pie with a side of exhaustion: Why late fall is such a tough time to be a teacher
By November, not only is the honeymoon over, but at least in my classroom, we’re already having fantasies of divorce.
the day after
November 9, 2016
How educators are handling this complicated, emotional day in America, in their own words
Here’s a glimpse of what the day has looked like so far, from teachers and education leaders who’ve begun to share their thoughts publicly.
October 13, 2016
This Tennessee teacher will tour cemeteries in Hawaii, California and the Philippines. Here’s why.
A STEM teacher in Clarksville, Whitney Joyner talks about her unique national opportunity, and how she plans to bring what she learns to the classroom.
October 5, 2016
Tennessee doesn’t pay for enough teachers to meet its class size mandates, says state report
The state comptroller reports that school districts employ about 12,700 more educators than the state funds.
How I Teach
September 16, 2016
How I Teach: Keeping it simple with Friday calls to parents and nimble lesson plans
A Memphis teacher shares how collaboration with teachers and communication with parents make a difference in the classroom.
August 26, 2016
Calling all new math teachers: Shelby County Schools wants to give you $5,000
A shortage of high school math teachers in Memphis has Shelby County Schools willing to award a $5,000 signing bonus to those hired after Aug. 15.
August 25, 2016
First Person: It doesn’t matter how ‘proficient’ a potential teacher is. Here’s what we look for instead
The authors say they don't judge potential teachers by their excellence, but rather how open they are to rethinking their approach.
August 18, 2016
A top HR leader resigns from Shelby County Schools
Sheila Redick's departure leaves a void as the district seeks to hire about 100 additional teachers for the new school year.
August 18, 2016
Growing need for stronger teachers in needier classrooms gets look from Tennessee lawmakers
Tennessee kids most in need of good teaching are often missing out — a growing concern as state officials try to come up with a plan.
August 16, 2016
Tennessee teachers are still happier in their jobs. But here’s how they aren’t seeing eye-to-eye with their principals
Tennessee’s annual educator survey is out, and it shows that teachers and administrators don't see eye-to-eye on discipline policies.
July 26, 2016
Hopson: 123 teachers still needed for Memphis schools before Aug. 8
With just two weeks until the school year begins, Tennessee's largest district needs to fill 123 teaching jobs.
Anatomy of a lesson
July 25, 2016
How to use history to teach kids about race
In a season of racial turmoil across the nation, one nonprofit organization is pointing teachers to history to help them teach their students about race.
July 20, 2016
Meet the former teacher who helps steer Tennessee’s education policy
As executive director of the State Board of Education, Sara Heyburn talks with Chalkbeat about what the board does and Tennessee education policy priorities.
July 15, 2016
As America’s students grow more diverse, a leading researcher explains how schools can adapt
A conversation with Teachers College Professor Amy Stuart Wells, who organized an first-of-its-kind conference on diverse schools.
Be bold and be honest
July 8, 2016
Great teachers are experts at difficult conversations. Here’s their advice to America on talking about race.
As Americans struggle to talk about racism this week, who better to ask for advice than teachers? We spoke with seven educators and compiled their suggestions.
June 20, 2016
Only 8 percent of New York City teachers are men of color. Here’s how the city is trying to change that
The status quo leaves thousands of students without role models who resemble them, and without teachers who research shows tend to have higher expectations of them.
May 27, 2016
For a second year, layoffs impact about 500 Shelby County educators
On the final day of school, Shelby County Schools announces layoffs — and the expectation of rehiring most of those displaced for other teaching positions.
the day after
April 28, 2016
Turns out, Tennessee wasn’t ready for TNReady after all
The state's decision to suspend standardized testing for most grades generates relief that the on-again, off-again assessment known as TNReady is mostly done.
April 12, 2016
Memphis district embraces one-year extension of Gates award as crucial to teacher improvement work
Shelby County Schools receives an extension from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, giving the district more time to use $11 million left from the 2009 gift.
April 5, 2016
Budget cuts loom for Shelby County Schools, again — here’s what we know
As Superintendent Dorsey Hopson prepares to unveil his proposed budget for Tennessee's largest school district, here are five things to know.
double the fun
March 24, 2016
Can — and should — Colorado teachers serve on local school boards?
There's no law prohibiting teachers or school district employees from serving on their school board.
Gauging a game changer
March 16, 2016
How $90 million from Bill Gates spurred sweeping changes in one school district
As an unprecedented six-year investment begins to dry up in Memphis schools, leaders seek to sustain the teacher quality reforms that have just begun to take root.
March 3, 2016
Rural teachers bill gets scaled back but survives first committee test
A slimmed-down proposal to improve recruitment and retention of teachers in rural districts was passed 6-3 by the Senate Education Committee Thursday.
March 1, 2016
Here’s how test scores could count in teacher evaluations for first year of TNReady
If the legislature approves the governor's proposal, student test scores still will make up to 50 percent of evaluation scores in one way or another.
February 22, 2016
As Teach For America marks 10 years in Memphis, contract with Shelby County Schools faces scrutiny under tight budget
The recruiting organization expects to feed about 130 new teachers to Shelby County Schools next year if the school board votes to approve the contract.
status quo holds
February 22, 2016
Lawmakers torpedo yet another bid to change teacher evaluations
A bill that would have given districts flexibility in how often they evaluated National Board Certified Teachers was killed Monday on a bipartisan 7-4 committee vote.
It's a plan
February 16, 2016
The state wants well-trained teachers for its most at-risk kids — here’s a look at the plan
The strategies are not revolutionary. Many are in motion now. The state’s plan puts them in sharper focus, and all in one place.
February 8, 2016
Number of grads from Colorado teacher prep programs continues to decline
Enrollment in and graduation from traditional Colorado teacher preparation programs dropped again last year, but alternative prep numbers rose.
January 13, 2016
24 education bills to watch as Indiana begins its 2016 legislative session
More than 70 bills were assigned to the House and Senate education committees this year.
December 17, 2015
The cost of hiring an Aurora teacher away from another district school: $10,000
Aurora Public Schools officials hope their new and unusual policy will curb turnover after the start of school year.
A different perspective
December 16, 2015
International education leader: Let U.S. teachers collaborate, learn from one another
Montserrat Gomendio of the OECD, the organization behind the international exams known as PISA, has a few tips for the U.S. education system.
i can't even
November 24, 2015
We asked five teachers about what stresses them out — and how they beat it. Here’s what they told us.
Those teachers also told us how they cope with a daunting workload.
November 17, 2015
Republican proposal would offer aspiring teachers free college tuition
A new bill would give Indiana college students a chance to get tuition fully paid for by the state if they agree to spend five years teaching after they graduate.
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November 10, 2015
Three lessons from the Nashville English teacher who won a shocking $25,000 prize
Nashville School of the Arts teacher Misty Ayres-Miranda says the Common Core has increased creativity in her classroom.
November 6, 2015
Teach For America in Memphis will receive $4.5 million of national Walton foundation gift
More than $4.5 million of a $50 million grant announced this week for Teach For America will go to support and recruit corps members in Memphis .
November 5, 2015
Haslam says the future of Common Core now rests with educators, not elected officials
At the second meeting of his Teachers Cabinet, Gov. Bill Haslam acknowledges that the fuss over reviewing the Common Core academic standards was political in its origins.
October 21, 2015
Fewer Tennessee districts opt for teacher merit pay
Some school systems are moving away from paying teachers based on their evaluations — four years after receiving permission to tie teacher pay to their performance.
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