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The case of teacher evaluation: Who do state policy makers listen to?


As states are being given more freedom to develop their own policies on teacher evaluation and tenure, a survey reveals which voices are most likely to influence policy.  By Rachel S. White  While state governments have had a heavy hand in teacher preparation, licensure, and certification policy for over a century (American Association of Colleges of [...]

The relentless education journalism beat 

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Education journalists have been working hard this year, and that’s exactly what we need.  Although the traditional academic calendar year is closing, the news about education will no doubt keep on coming. Education reporting, once limited to the non-summer months, is now a serious full-time beat for many news outlets. Back in the day, education [...]

Reducing suspensions or building relationships? Reframing the problem 

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     Setting numerical goals to remove discipline disparities doesn’t get at the deeper issues.  Whenever I hear education policy wonks arguing about the topic of student suspensions, I’m reminded of the Rorschach tests I learned about in Psychology 101. Show people an inkblot, the theory goes, and the picture that jumps out at them (a [...]

Power, influence, and déjà vu 

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 Since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), one of ESSA’s coauthors, has made one thing abundantly clear: The law prohibits the federal government from acting as a “national school board.” No longer can the U.S. Department of Education compel states to adopt its favored policies on academic standards, [...]

What Janus means for teachers unions 

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The Supreme Court will soon issue a ruling on whether public employees, including teachers, can be required to pay union fees.  Nearly every U.S. Supreme Court case is significant, but this year brings a remarkable case with the potential of overturning 40-year-old precedent and dramatically changing public employment law. On February 26, the U.S. Supreme [...]

Teacher fed up with administrators who bad-mouth central office officials 

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Q: I'm a teacher who's training to become an administrator. I've become friends with directors in central office as a result. What's a good way to stand up for them when my school administrators (a.k.a. my bosses) publicly discredit their work in meetings with colleagues? The principal and his assistant principals give off this vibe of, "Central people don't [...]

Making the most of instructional coaches


Although coaching shows promise for professional development, some instructional coaches are spread too thin to focus on instruction. By Britnie Delinger Kane and Brooks Rosenquist Instructional coaching is among the fastest-growing forms of support for teachers’ professional learning (Darling-Hammond et al., 2009), and for good reason. When compared to other common forms of teacher professional [...]

How school counselors make a world of difference


  The multifaceted work of school counselors helps prepare students academically and emotionally for life beyond school.  By Patrick J. O’Connor  Long considered an integral part of a school’s support system, school counselors bring a wealth of insight and resources to a variety of student-centered issues. As part of a team of mental health experts, school [...]

Work to the contract or keep doing ‘extras’?

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Q: This is the time of year when my district is developing its budget and my union is negotiating a new contract. Things are always tense when this happens. The union has not instructed us to “work to the contract,” but many teachers have decided to limit their extra work to make a point. For [...]

What a difference a district can make: An interview with Meredith Honig 


While they’re often overlooked in education policy debates, district central office staff can play critical roles in improving schools and ensuring student success.  By Rafael Heller  KAPPAN: After we announced the theme of this month’s issue of Kappan — on the many adults, beyond teachers and principals, who matter to student success — we received manuscripts about a [...]

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