Teacher Prep Tag

Most Professional Development Not Meeting Federal Guidelines

Amelia Harper reports in Education Dive that a new report from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute called “Bridging the Gap” has “compared data from more than 200 school districts against the Every Student Succeeds Act’s definition of professional learning, created with input from Learning Forward,...

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What’s the Deal with “Highly Qualified Teachers” Under ESSA?

In the latest installment of Education Week’s “answering your ESSA questions” series, Alyson Klein responds to an anonymous query from an educator who participated in the publication’s Every Student Succeeds Act summit back in May: “Is highly qualified teacher still required under ESSA?” The “short...

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NCTQ Looks (Again) at Educator Equity

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has released its analyses of educator equity in 34 recently submitted state plans under ESSA, completing the organization’s analysis of all state ESSA plans. These new analyses highlight strengths and opportunities, demonstrating how most are not doing enough...

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Quality Professional Learning for Teachers

According to Matt McCullough, director of innovation in teaching and learning at Schoolcraft Community Schools, “my favorite tasks are providing innovative classroom strategies to my teachers and collaborating with them to lead to greater student success.” After reading Educators for High Standards’ recent report, McCullough is...

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TX Submits ESSA Plan

The Texas Education Agency submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Belton Independent School District Superintendent Susan Kincannon expressed her concern about some aspects of the plan. “The (ESSA) plan includes an overly complicated methodology for evaluating and rating schools and continues...

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Best Practice Guide on Educator Equity

The National Council on Teacher Quality released an analysis and best practice guide of educator equity on the 17 state plans that have been released. Each analysis “recognizes notable strengths, or areas where a state’s work is laudable,” as well as “opportunities or areas where...

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Robert Pianta Emphasizes Importance of Teacher Prep

Robert Pianta, dean and professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Education, authored an opinion piece in the Huffington Post on the recent decision to overturn regulations under ESSA. Pianta argued that eliminating teacher regulations and budget proposals “not only signal a retreat from...

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Teach Plus Fellow Stresses the Important Opportunities Under ESSA

Sarah White, fifth grade teacher and Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow, stressed the important opportunity that states have under ESSA to “reinvent professional development practices.” White called for the usage of Title II funds to “focus on developing and implementing long-term, teacher-led, and selected opportunities for...

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