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Examining the divisive push to rate, reward, improve, and remove teachers
year in review
December 22, 2017
State leaders took a hard look at the teacher shortage in 2017
The problem of teacher shortages has plagued some Colorado school districts for years, but it reached a tipping point of sorts in 2017.
season of searching
December 19, 2017
Plans to shutter schools will force more than 400 New York City teachers to search for new jobs
What’s next for those teachers depends on the city’s plans for their schools -- and whether principals want to hire them.
December 14, 2017
A new Memphis nonprofit sees training teachers in dyslexia therapy as key to closing literacy gap for all
Michelle Gaines and Krista L. Johnson founded ALLMemphis, a nonprofit, in June to boost overall reading comprehension and fill a gap they see in local classrooms.
December 13, 2017
America’s teachers don’t move out of state much. That could be bad for students.
Teachers are significantly less likely to move between states than others with similar jobs — and past research suggests that students suffer as a result.
war on teachers?
December 12, 2017
When union protections disappear, poor schools lose teachers, new research finds
Michigan's teacher-focused policy changes did not increase in teacher turnover. But at schools with lower test scores or more students in poverty, teacher churn jumped.
December 7, 2017
‘Low pay and low prestige’: How Colorado superintendents want to lift the teaching profession
With a new state strategic plan out proposing solutions to teachers shortages in Colorado, the discussion is heating up.
Struggling Detroit schools
December 5, 2017
A Detroit district plan would allow ‘master teachers’ to coach less experienced colleagues and reduce class sizes
The program will enable schools to have model classrooms where less experienced teachers can go to watch master teachers work.
December 1, 2017
State unveils plan to tackle Colorado teacher shortage, including exploring ways to boost pay
The plan said the state should “explore” a minimum teacher salary tied to cost of living but stopped short of recommending legislation to establishing it.
November 21, 2017
A minimum salary for Colorado teachers? State officials may ask lawmakers to consider it.
The report, assembled at the request of the legislature, also proposes a marketing campaign and scholarships to attract new teachers to rural areas.
November 20, 2017
Building a teacher pipeline: How one Aurora school has become a training ground for aspiring teachers
Aurora leaders are trying to create a teacher pipeline from a new partnership at Elkhart Elementary School that brings in student teachers with paraprofessional jobs.
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.
Colorado Vote 2018
November 15, 2017
Polis campaign releases education plan, including new promise about teacher raises
Big questions remain, however, about how Colorado would pay for all of Polis’s education plans.
November 6, 2017
After New York City teachers push for paid family leave, union takes up the fight
Under the city’s current policy, only birth mothers are allowed to take time off after having a baby. Even then, they have to use their sick time, which is limited.
a test of happiness
November 2, 2017
When teachers are better at raising test scores, their students are less happy, study finds
A new study finds a negative correlation between teachers’ impact on students’ test scores and those students’ reports of how happy they were in class.
November 2, 2017
A harder English curriculum arrives in Memphis elementary schools next week. Here’s how teachers are preparing.
Shelby County Schools is adding Expeditionary Learning to its curriculum mix as the district seeks to expose its students to more complex reading content.
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