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March 16, 2018
Becoming a Colorado teacher could soon require fewer transcripts, more training on English learners
The package of changes also includes a slimmed-down teacher evaluation rubric, the first major revision to the rules under Colorado’s 2010 teacher effectiveness law.
February 28, 2018
Gubernatorial candidate Noel Ginsburg wants to do away with Colorado’s educator effectiveness law
Businessman Noel Ginsburg's education platform calls for high-quality apprenticeships, more money for schools, and the repeal of key education reform legislation.
August 9, 2017
Colorado testing an updated teacher evaluation system that will take less time but set a higher bar
The changes come seven years after Colorado updated its teacher evaluation system, which included the controversial move of linking ratings to student performance
February 7, 2017
At-risk students in some big Colorado districts have a better chance of having an effective teacher than others
In Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, the gaps were even wider than state averages.
the tenure track
December 8, 2016
New York City is among the hardest places to fire a low-performing teacher, report claims
"If it’s a lifetime guarantee of a job, the bar to getting it should be really high."
May 19, 2015
New study has implications for teacher prep programs in Tennessee
Tennessee's teacher prep programs have gotten high marks from the National Center for Teacher Quality, but a study says they may not lead to higher student test scores.
February 10, 2015
Teach for America to reduce its classroom placements in Memphis
Teach for America is expected to reduce its incoming teaching force in Memphis by about 40 percent this fall.
January 29, 2015
State Education Department tweaks assessment tool tied to teacher evaluations
The Tennessee Department of Education unveiled plans Thursday to fine-tune a crucial component of teacher evaluation scores in response to educators' concerns.
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January 28, 2015
From Shanghai to Collierville, collaboration model boosts teacher performance
Teaching shouldn't be done in isolation, and no one knows this better than educators in China. Now a teacher peer observation program from Shanghai is being piloted in Collierville.
January 7, 2015
Program aims to build social-emotional learning for educators
While most social-emotional learning programs are for students, a pilot initiative at a Memphis high school targets teachers and school staff.
January 4, 2015
Unfunded state RTI mandate might do more harm than good
As of July 1, 2014, RTI2 is the sole criteria by which a student may be identified as having a Specific Learning Disability in the state of Tennessee. But the mandate to implement the intricate program came with no funds to do so. Schools had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the universal screeners, and don’t have the money to hire educators with the expertise required to work with the highest needs students. Some schools are using their general education teachers, already stretched thin, and others are using computer programs.
November 11, 2014
Report: Aspire’s teacher residency held up as a model
A new report released today by Urban Teacher Residencies United (UTRU) suggests that districts, teachers and students benefit from programs that give teachers a year of…
November 3, 2014
Teach for America vs. traditional training programs: This year’s state report card
Both alternative certification teacher programs like Teach for America and traditional programs are producing high-quality teachers, according to an annual evaluation of Tennessee teacher training programs.
October 24, 2014
Study: Use of teacher leadership expands
School districts across the nation are offering teachers more leadership opportunities, but to have a positive impact on student achievement and reduce teacher burnout, districts…
October 15, 2014
To turn around failing schools, Nashville turns to experienced teachers
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools recruiting experienced teachers to schools that fall in the bottom 25 percent of schools statewide. By January, they hope to have recruited 100 teachers — half from Nashville, and half from around the country — to those schools, in an effort to raise student achievement and build a more collaborative school culture, said Katie Cour, the director of talent strategy for Metro Nashville Public Schools.
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