Becoming an Instructional Coach

An interview with two teachers-turned-coaches about how they made the transition.

EdStat: All Else Being Equal, Teachers with Classes in which 20 Percent of Students had an Emotional/ Behavioral Disorder were 2.15 Percentage Points More Likely to Leave Their School or Teaching

Teachers are likely a key element in the successful inclusion of students with disabilities (SWDs), but few studies have investigated how general-education teachers are impacted.

EdStat: Twenty-Seven Percent of Public K‒12 Schools had a Reading Coach on Staff by the 2015‒16 School Year, According to the National Teacher and Principal Survey

Does one-to-one coaching actually help teachers get better?

Taking Teacher Coaching To Scale

Can Personalized Training Become Standard Practice?

Has Inclusion Gone Too Far?

Weighing its effects on students with disabilities, their peers, and teachers

Are Teacher Preparation Programs Interchangeable Widgets? An Interview With Paul T. von Hippel

States have imposed a variety of rules on teacher candidates and the programs that seek to license them, with the goal of ensuring that all new teachers are ready to succeed on their first day in the classroom. New research challenges the very assumptions underlying these efforts.

EdStat: Around the World, There are Approximately 264 Million Children Not in School

Another 330 million are in school but not learning.

Do Specialized Teaching Roles Help or Hurt Students?

In addition to being content instructors, we also expect teachers to be curriculum designers, assessment creators, and experts at evaluating student work and analyzing student learning data, not to mention experts in classroom management and culture, coaching students on self-management, providing students with social and emotional support, and being the primary school connection with parents and families.

What Have We Learned from the Gates-Funded Teacher Evaluation Reforms?

The real story here is the many insights about implementation—what actually happened on the ground—based on rich qualitative and survey data.

A Missing Key Ingredient for Widespread Personalization: Innovative School Staffing

In typical schools, teachers just don’t have the daily guidance, constant feedback, and support from colleagues to improve fast when trying something new.

EdStat: $18 Billion a Year is Spent on Professional Development for U.S. Teachers

But teachers usually don’t get to pick their own programs.

EdStat: For Teachers Who Report that Covering Housing Costs is Very Difficult, the Chronic Absenteeism Rate is Nine Percentage Points Higher

Long commutes combine with rising rents to create economic anxiety.

EdStat: In 2016, Raising Blended Learners Chose Five “Demonstration Sites” to Receive Grants of up to $500,000 Over Three Years

These sites had mixed to modest gains in student achievement, though educators report greater student ownership of learning and fewer disciplinary problems.

EdStat: When the Public is Told How Much Teachers Currently Earn, Only 36 Percent Support Raising Teacher Salaries

According to the EdNext poll, support is down 5 percentage points from 2016.

EdStat: The Differences between Teacher-Preparation Programs are Negligible When It Comes to Teacher Quality, Amounting to No More Than 3 Percent of the Average Test-Score Gap between Students from Low-Income Families and their More Affluent Peers

If policymakers want to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of their graduates, there may be better ways to do it.

Did Tenure Reform in Florida Affect Student Test Scores?

There is some evidence that Florida’s “game changing” tenure reform law of 2011 slightly increased student test achievement in math and reading, and that the gains were more prominent for the lowest-performing students.

The Financial Stress of Teaching in Regions of Fast Economic Growth

Rising costs are creating substantial economic anxiety among teachers and possibly affecting their teaching practice.

Rating Teacher-Preparation Programs

Can value-added make useful distinctions?

Straight Up Conversation: Skyrocket Founder Michael Sonbert

Michael Sonbert, founder of Skyrocket Educator Training, trains teachers and leaders in 300 urban and turnaround schools.

EdStat: When Informed About Teachers’ Current Salaries, 36% of the Public Favor a Pay Raise for Teachers

Recent polls show that most Americans agree that teachers deserve a pay raise, but the annual EdNext survey has shown that the public’s views on teacher salaries change when respondents are given more information.

EdStat: On Average, over the Past 10 Years, Teacher Compensation has Increased by 7.8 Percent for Retirement Benefits

During the same period of time, salaries increased by 1.4 percent a year, on average.

Teachers Have the Nation’s Highest Retirement Costs. But They’ll Never See the Benefits

Teachers can’t buy food, afford child care, or pay their mortgages with the promise of future benefits — especially ones that never come.

Screening for the Strongest Teachers

Katharine Strunk and Paul Bruno find a link between how prospective teachers rate on a tool used to screen them and their later performance on the job.

Unpacking Teacher Shortages

States should work with teacher prep programs to produce candidates that are more aligned to their needs.

EdStat: Only 54 Percent of School Principals Rate Their Teachers’ Understanding of How Children Learn as “Moderately” or “Very” Good

Though teachers are required to learn some basic principles of psychology as part of their training, many report that their education is too theoretical.

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