Leadership

Reaching for Better with Teacher Evaluation and Support

By: Jim Furman. If we take the opportunity to make this a transformative year for our teachers and the profession by focusing on support rather than evaluation, we can create a system of teacher evaluation and support that is better than our old normal.

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EdTech

Three Ways AI Can Help Teachers Save Time Now

By: Adam Geller Time is one of the most precious commodities for teachers. With so many things to get done, there’s just not enough time during the typical school day to accomplish it all. Helping teachers get their jobs done is one of the most concrete examples of how artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to […]

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Equity & Access

Equity and ESSER: Why Now is the Perfect Time for Schools to Invest in Educator Diversity

[…] shortages and create a more diverse workforce that reflects the communities they serve. Key steps: Build partnerships with local community colleges and four-year colleges and universities Pay teachers-to-be during their training year in the classroom Consider student loan forgiveness Create incentives for support staff, including tutors and aides, to become fully credentialed teachers These […]

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Competency-Based Education

Using OER to Increase Collaboration, Relevance, and Engagement

[…] are sent home for students to complete with little feedback, guidance, or relevance. Despite our deepest desire to be back in schools, we know that students and teachers will likely have to engage from a distance as the numbers increase, which can be more efficient, relevant, and effective when resources are digital. Empowering Teachers […]

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Future of Learning

Strengthening K-3 Distance Learning

[…] To learn online, they need help to access platforms and videos, type, and log onto virtual meetings. Parents, caretakers, and older siblings have become important proxies for teachers during distance learning, but they are neither trained nor universally available to assist. For these reasons many education leaders prioritize reopening K-3 this fall, but ongoing […]

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Leadership

3 Ways to Reimagine Professional Development in Districts

By: Becky Hutchinson and Kareem Farah  Teachers often report feeling anxious, stressed, and eventually burned out from technology. Oftentimes, it’s due to a lack of effective training. More than 50 percent of teachers said their edtech professional development training was a one-time event with little follow-up coaching or mentoring. Behind the data is a […]

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Equity & Access

It’s (Past) Time to Redesign the Teaching Profession

[…] of worsening crises in our society—you know that our education system is in dire straits. According to a recent Forbes article, national research found that 54% of teachers surveyed in 2021 are considering leaving the teaching profession within the next two years. More urgently, Edweek reported that 48% of teachers have considered quitting in the […]

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Getting Through

3 Key Questions About Reading Assessment After a Year of Growing Gaps

[…] students will need additional support in the coming school year. Here’s what I expect to be different this year, along with some tips and resources to help teachers get started on day one and to help administrators support them. 1. What’s different about this year’s reading gaps? Students who were videoconferencing for school throughout […]

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New Pathways

Team Teaching, Educator Retention and Education’s Next Workforce

[…] low morale within the profession due to pandemic-related concerns, dismissed expertise around content, pressure from external constituents and overwhelming demands of time and energy. Concerns about morale and teacher shortages show up frequently in the national media. We know from the science of learning that motivation is closely linked to individuals’ sense of control (I have choice in […]

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