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Additional Mentoring Benefits New Teachers — and Their Students

Yesterday, Education Week’s Madeline Will reported on findings from a new study that pairing new teachers with high-quality, well-trained mentors results in the equivalent of up to five months of additional learning for their students. The study was conducted by SRI Education and included trials in Chicago and Broward County, Florida. The evaluation […continue]

Common Core: California Teachers Need More Preparation

On Monday, EdSource’s Theresa Harrington reported on a major challenge with the implementation of Common Core standards in California — ensuring teachers statewide are prepared to effectively teach the new math and English language arts curriculum. The state adopted the new standards in 2010; however, teacher’s Common Core preparation has […continue]

Derek Mitchell: California Needs More Master Teachers

In an EdSource op-ed published yesterday, Partners in School Innovation CEO Derek Mitchell makes the case for an increased focus on recruiting master teachers, as policymakers and education advocates work to combat California’s teacher shortage. “[W]e should be wary about just expanding the pipeline of teachers,” Mitchell writes. “What we also need […continue]