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Developing Workplaces where Teachers Stay, Improve and Succeed. The school contexts in which teachers work have a profound influence on their effectiveness. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/developing-workplaces-where-teachers-stay-improve-and-succeed/
Professors Matthew Kraft and John Papay discuss research showing that the school contexts in which teachers work have a profound influence on their effectiveness. Below are excerpts from their article: An emerging body of research now shows that the contexts in which teachers work profoundly ...
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Kim Fleming

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If Everyone Loves ESEA Disaggregation, why is Cross-Tabbing such a Problem? Cross-tabbing refers to looking at education data for disadvantaged students across different categories, such as race and gender combined. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/if-everyone-loves-esea-disaggregation-why-is-cross-tabbing-such-a-problem/
Cross-tabbing refers to looking at education data for disadvantaged students across different categories, such as race and gender combined. Charles Barone offers us a useful example: Black males are many times more likely to be subject to corporal punishment – in school – than black females.
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Kim Fleming

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Using the Wisdom of Educators. One of education’s big problems is that the collective wisdom, insights, observations and experience of educators are pretty much squandered.  Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better lays out a systematic way to roll up what it calls the “micro-expertises” of individual educators into the collective wisdom of the field. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/using-the-wisdom-of-educators/
One of education's big problems is that the collective wisdom, insights, observations and experience of educators are pretty much squandered. That is to say, millions of educators have figured out important things about what and how to teach under different kinds of conditions — but no system ...
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Kim Fleming

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Grading Teachers by the Test. Goodhart's Law says that when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure. So what does that mean for value-added teacher evaluation? For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/grading-teachers-by-the-test/
Eduardo Porter of the New York Times has an ongoing economic column that at times addresses education. An issue that he took up not long ago concerns the increasingly common phenomenon of value added testing. In particular, Porter wants to highlight the potential role of “Goodhart's Law” related ...
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Kim Fleming

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Board-Certified Teachers More Effective, New Studies Affirm. New research shows that board-certified teachers help students achieve more in the classroom. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/board-certified-teachers-more-effective-new-studies-affirm/
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has offered a national certification for interested teachers since the late 1980s. There are currently 110000 National Board certified teachers across the U.S. This blog wrote about changes the NBPTS made to its certification process ...
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MOOCs to Stop Summer Slide. Massive open online course provider edX is teaming with the National Summer Learning Association to provide more than 60 free courses aimed at combatting the “summer slide.” For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/moocs-to-stop-summer-slide/
Massive open online course provider edX is teaming with the National Summer Learning Association to provide more than 60 free courses aimed at combatting the “summer slide.” The courses cover computer science, programming, psychology, Advanced Placement prep and more. “The summer slide is a very ...
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Easy Intro to Macbeth
Our nonprofit, BigFunEducation.org, has been offering an audioplay edition of Macbeth for free. We've had thousands of teachers using it and many have asked for a paper copy of the script, plus teaching suggestions. We listened. 
This companion paperback costs $5. It's a donation to the nonprofit so that our elves can continue to work night and day to bring you loads more plays. Kids LOVE reading plays because it's a sociable experience. Please support our work and share this post. Many thanks.
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The Shaping of Federal Education Policy Over Time. There is rich history of landmark events that directly influences today’s education policy climate, including the debate over appropriate roles for states and the federal government. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/the-shaping-of-federal-education-policy-over-time/
When looking at education issues today, it is interesting to review the events and people involved in shaping federal education policy over time. There is rich history of landmark events that directly influenced today's education policy climate, including the debate over appropriate roles for ...
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PARCC States Vote to Shorten Test Time and Simplify Test Administration. The PARCC Governing Board, made up of the state education commissioners and superintendents, voted recently to consolidate the two PARCC testing windows into one and to reduce total test time by about 90 minutes beginning in the 2015-16 school year. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/parcc-states-vote-to-shorten-test-time-and-simplify-test-administration/
The PARCC Governing Board, made up of the state education commissioners and superintendents, voted recently to consolidate the two PARCC testing windows into one and to reduce total test time by about 90 minutes beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The vote came in response to school district ...
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What Makes a School Successful? Harvard economist Dr. Roland G. Fryer Jr. has been working to isolate important factors that allow certain schools to reach higher levels of student achievement.For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/what-makes-a-school-successful/
In what seems to be an increasing (and welcome!) trend, Harvard economist Dr. Roland G. Fryer Jr. has been attempting to translate his empirical research into results for schools. Dr. Fryer won the prestigious John Bates Clark medal this year in part for his research on 39 New York City charter ...
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Kim Fleming

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Developing Teachers' Understanding of the Social Contexts of their Classrooms. Teachers would benefit from opportunities to learn about the social dynamics of classrooms, not just strategies that "work" across multiple contexts. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/developing-teachers-understanding-of-the-social-contexts-of-their-classrooms/
In a piece for the Albert Shanker Institute, researcher John Lane contends that in teachers' typical learning opportunities, reforms are reduced to a set of strategies that “work” across settings, and in which the contexts of teaching become an unwanted entanglement.
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Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) explores key elements of policies that support deeper learning in schools – including policies that state boards of education must seriously consider to ensure their state’s students are prepared for college, career and civic life. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/deeper-learning-policies-for-a-21st-century-education-2/
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) explores key elements of policies that support deeper learning in schools – including policies that state boards of education must seriously consider to ensure their state's students are prepared for college, career and civic life.
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Report Offers Comprehensive Look at What Students Need to Succeed As Adults. Amid growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, a new comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career, have healthy relationships, be engaged citizens and make wise choices. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/report-offers-comprehensive-look-at-what-students-need-to-succeed-as-adults/
Amid growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, a new comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career, ...
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Kim Fleming

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Diversity Issues in Teaching. Recent studies show that the demographic characteristics of teachers can impact student achievement. These findings point to the need for more female teachers in science and mathematics, as well as more ethnic minority educators. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/diversity-issues-in-teaching/
Recent studies show that the demographic characteristics of teachers can impact student achievement. These findings point to the need for more female teachers in science and mathematics, as well as more ethnic minority educators. More than three-quarters of U.S. public school teachers are female ...
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N.Y. 'Open' Education Effort Draws Users Nationwide. Open source, an increasingly popular option in the world of education, allows anyone around the world to have free access to the Engage NY materials. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/n-y-open-education-effort-draws-users-nationwide/
As more and more states have adopted Common Core in recent years, teachers have needed aligned materials and curriculum. Many schools and districts have evaluated traditional privately-created curriculum which claim to align with Common Core and have not liked what they found.
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Helping Principals Beat the Clock. Evaluation systems require principals to spend increasing amounts of time observing each individual teacher. Yet other requirements of the job put demands on principals’ time that can cut into instructional supervision. This report explores ways to help instructional leaders manage their time effectively. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/helping-principals-beat-the-clock/
Evaluation systems require principals to spend increasing amounts of time observing each individual teacher. Yet other requirements of the job put demands on principals' time that can cut into instructional supervision. In Helping Principals Beat the Clock, CTAC Senior Associate Joan McRobbie ...
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Kim Fleming

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Communication and Engagement Strategies for High-Quality Evaluation. State and district leaders need more than high-quality measures of teacher effectiveness to make their evaluation policies stick. They also need communications and engagement strategies, ongoing professional learning and support opportunities for teachers, and a plan to combine and use evaluation data to inform decisions at the school, district and state level. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/communication-and-engagement-strategies-for-high-quality-evaluation/
State and district leaders need more than high-quality measures of teacher effectiveness to make their evaluation policies stick. They also need communications and engagement strategies, ongoing professional learning and support opportunities for teachers, and a plan to combine and use ...
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Kim Fleming

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Achieve Report Highlights "Honesty Gaps" in More than Half of States. A new report by the education reform organization Achieve finds large “honesty gaps” between state-reported proficiency rates in math and reading compared to those on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/achieve-report-highlights-honesty-gaps-in-more-than-half-of-states-student-proficiency-ratings/
A new report by the education reform organization Achieve finds large “honesty gaps” between state-reported proficiency rates in math and reading compared to those on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which is also known as the Nation's Report Card.
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Remembering Grant Wiggins. As many of you know, Grant Wiggins suddenly passed away on Tuesday this week. He was a giant in the field of education, transforming the way many educators think about teaching, learning, thinking, and assessment. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/remembering-grant-wiggins/
As many of you know, Grant Wiggins suddenly passed away on Tuesday this week. He was a giant in the field of education, transforming the way many educators think about teaching, learning, thinking, and assessment. Grant's work on Understanding by Design and Essential Questions have influenced ...
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