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Vladovic: We Need Highly-Trained Teachers in Low-Performing Schools

Yesterday, for LA School Report, Mike Szymanski covered LAUSD Board member Richard Vladovic’s belief that LAUSD should move highly trained teachers to low-performing schools within LAUSD. According to LA School Report, more new teachers in LA Unified are certified by a national teacher accreditation program than any other district in the nation. Vladovic […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]

New Lawsuit Challenges “Last In, First Out” Teacher Layoff Statutes

On Tuesday, a group of Newark families, supported by the nonprofit organization Partnership for Educational Justice, filed HG v. Harrington, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s “last in, first out” (LIFO) quality-blind teacher layoff statutes. The lawsuit asserts that New Jersey’s LIFO law violates students’ constitutional right to […continue]

Improving the Nation’s Teacher Preparation Programs

This Wednesday, Education Dive’s editor Autumn Arnett reported on the U.S. Department of Education’s release of finalized regulations for teacher preparation programs. The new regulations are designed to improve the quality — and increase the accountability — of teacher preparation programs nationwide. The new rules focus on quality training outcomes and […continue]

Students View Teachers of Color More Positively

Today, NPR Education blogger Anya Kamenetz reported on the findings from the Measure of Effective Teaching study that found that students of all races — white, black, Latino and Asian — have more favorable perceptions of their teachers of color than they do their white teachers. Co-authors of the report, sociologist […continue]

Doe v. Antioch Teacher Evaluation Lawsuit in Court

Today, a group of California teachers, parents and concerned taxpayers seeking to ensure that public school educators are meaningfully evaluated, as required by state law, will have their day in court. Their lawsuit, Doe v. Antioch, asks the California Superior Court of Contra Costa County to compel thirteen school districts […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]

Teacher Quality Drives Great Schools

This week, The 74’s Matt Barnum looks at the national push to improve teacher quality — specifically , the Obama administration’s call for states to “evaluate individual teachers and tie those evaluations to pay, tenure, promotion and dismissal decisions.” As President Obama has previously explained, “[The] single most important factor in the classroom is […continue]