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3 Ways to Make Teacher Observations More Valuable

By: Hugh Fournier Date: May 29, 2015

Recently, EdWeek contributor Peter DeWitt offered an opinion on some of the reasons why teacher observations may be a waste of time. In the article, DeWitt discusses how, during his time as a principal, observations felt obligatory relative to all the other items on his to-do list for the school year. Still, despite how complicated […]

The Georgia Educator Effectiveness Story

By: Caroline Wynne Date: May 20, 2015

Three years ago, Georgia Department of Education (DOE) set out to develop new technology solutions to support their overall goal of promoting and supporting teacher and leader effectiveness to improve student learning in every classroom in the state. Under an aggressive timeline set forth by Race to the Top, Georgia successfully developed and implemented a […]

Thank a Teacher: Is it really that simple?

By: Caroline Wynne Date: May 07, 2015

Who was your favorite teacher? Whenever we’re asked that question, it’s easy to fall into a moment of nostalgia, reminiscing about our own years as students. As we comb through the memories, some clearer than others, we begin to conjure images of the teachers we knew, and their personalities and characteristics. From the playfulness of […]

It’s never too late for teachers to improve

By: Caroline Wynne Date: April 30, 2015

Teachers really do get better with years of experience. Most educators, students and parents already know this, but it’s still regularly questioned by many education reformers. New studies now paint teacher quality as a characteristic that can be developed, rather than a static one that’s formed in the first few years on the job. According […]