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Posted Oct. 9, 2019

Tell Your State to Stand Strong on Teacher Quality

A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality reveals that many states are stepping back from important policies that make sure we have…

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Posted Dec. 14, 2016

Coffee Break: Kate Walsh on How the ‘Tide is Turning’ on Teacher Quality

Since 2003, Kate Walsh has been working hard to improve the teaching force in our schools—an undisputed key to better academic performance. She’s served as…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 14, 2016

Schools Waste Too Much Time Trying to Find Good Teachers, and Colleges Can Fix That

“After 30 years of doing such work, I have concluded that classroom teaching…is perhaps the most complex, most challenging, and most demanding, subtle, nuanced, and…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Oct. 9, 2016

Will a Teacher Strike Accomplish Anything?

On Tuesday, October 11, public school teachers in Chicago may go on strike, suspending the education of nearly 400,000 children and forcing parents to find…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

We Do Have a Problem With Teacher Supply and Demand But It Has Nothing to Do With a Teacher Shortage

Here’s something I’ve been struggling to understand of late. What makes the prospect of a teacher shortage such an immediately compelling narrative, capable of spreading with…

By Kate Walsh

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Posted Feb. 3, 2016

Turns Out Other Countries Are Struggling With Teacher Quality Just Like Us

A few weeks ago while my blizzard-frenzied hometown of Baltimore was busy emptying grocery shelves of bread and toilet paper, I took off for Paris—at…

By Kate Walsh

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015

Ahead of the Heard: Nuance is Crucial in Teacher Evaluations

Kaitlin Pennington, over at Bellwether's Ahead of the Heard blog, makes an incredibly important point that often gets lost in education debate: nuance is key. Though this point could be made for just about any education policy, Pennington's making sure everyone hears it loud and clear when it comes to teacher evaluations. In particular, Pennington is making a call for nuance in the way teachers are categorized -- instead of lumping together the…

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Posted Sep. 29, 2015

NCTQ launches “Path to Teach”

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) launched "Path to Teach," an online tool that allows prospective educators to "determine the cost, location, and where you'll get the best preparation for the realities of the classroom." The program grades teacher preparation schools and programs based on standards set by public educators and endorsed by education…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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