Teacher Development in Need of Overhaul

The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national nonprofit aimed at ending the injustice of educational inequality, has released a new publication that examines teacher training and development. The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development, suggests that it is time to start a new conversation about improving teacher, what great teaching is and how […]

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Common Core Is Premier Education Issue in GOP Presidential Debate

Thought education might never come up during the Republican presidential debates on Thursday night? You weren’t alone.

Thank goodness for the Common Core State Standards.

After just the briefest mention of education during the 5pm “undercard” debate, the subject finally exploded onto the scene about an hour into the primetime show, featuring the 10 highest polling GOP presidential candidates. Fox News moderator Bret Baier asked former Florida governor Jeb Bush whether he agreed with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that most of the criticism of common core is due to “a fringe group of critics.”

If You’re a Teacher, You Can Be a Public Speaker

This is the first of a two-part series.

You’ve signed up to present at a conference. Maybe you’ve agreed to lead a professional-learning session at the start of your school year. Perhaps you’ve decided to overhaul your tried-and-true PowerPoints before starting the new school year. Congratulations! You are about to level up your presentations.

Are you nervous? That’s OK—it just means you care! Giving a great presentation takes thoughtfulness, time, and practice. Accomplished educator and a dear friend Megan Allen posted some great tips a few weeks ago to help jumpstart your journey.

Districts Redefine Role of Principal Supervisors

Until last summer, the superintendent of schools in Omaha, Neb., was theoretically responsible for supervising, coaching, and evaluating the district’s 87 principals and school leaders.

The reality was different. In any given year, principal evaluations could be conducted by the assistant superintendent of curriculum, one in charge of finance, or another in charge of human resources.

“You just distributed principals to other district leaders, but there was no coordinated focus and aligned effort not only on evaluation but on how you supported them,” said Superintendent Mark A. Evans.

Educators Work to Stave Off ‘Summer Melt’

Switching his college choice in late June has made the summer hectic for Christopher M. Triplett, a recent graduate of Lindblom Math and Science Academy on the South Side of Chicago.

On his own financially and the first in his family to go to college, Christopher has relied on his school counselor, Karen M. Fitzpatrick, to make sure everything gets done so he can attend Virginia State University in the fall. He had to submit his financial-aid documents three times and had trouble logging into the online housing system for the Petersburg, Va., college. But, with his counselor’s help, Christopher said he is “99 percent” sure he will report to VSU in August.

“I’m ready to go. I’m focused. I know what I need to do,” he said.

Low-income and first-generation college students, in particular, can lose momentum when they leave the support system of high school. They are at risk of a phenomenon that educators call the “summer melt”—when students who leave high school with college plans never make it to campus in the fall.