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Teacher Action Research Prize. A prize of $5,000 will be given to the current pre-kindergarten to 12th grade teacher or team of teachers, or full-time after school educator who submits the best action research project. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/teacher-action-research-prize/
The annual Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize recognizes and supports the leadership of teachers who continually work to improve their practice through action research. The School of Management (SOM) Education Leadership Conference is seeking applications from educators who are trying new lessons, modes of content delivery, or types of activities to improve student outcomes. Read more about Teacher Action Research Prize…
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December Issue Brief - Evidence-based School Improvement. In this month’s issue brief, Core Education has assembled information about the evidence-based provisions of ESSA, resources for determining the evidence basis for specific interventions, and ideas on ways to integrate tests of promising practice within the normal school schedule. For more, see http://eepurl.com/csXUJj
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Teachers' Response to Feedback is Influenced by Perceptions of Usefulness. A new study finds that the usefulness of teacher evaluation feedback and the credibility of the evaluator are important characteristics in how teachers perceive and respond to evaluations. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/teachers-response-to-feedback-is-influenced-by-perceptions-of-usefulness/
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What does ESSA say about teacher evaluation? The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has released a helpful set of principles that states can use as a guide to designing, or refining, systems that support educators. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/essa-say-teacher-evaluation/
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Building the Educator Workforce Our Children Need Now. This new resource offers state education leaders guidance in rethinking systems and strategies for creating a talent system that gives every student a great teacher every year. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/building-educator-workforce-children-need-now/
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Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Prep. A strong body of research, and the example of other nations, supports a relationship between student performance and the selectivity of admissions into teacher prep programs. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/within-grasp-achieving-higher-admissions-standards-teacher-prep/
A strong body of research, and the example of other nations, supports a relationship between student performance and the selectivity of admissions into teacher prep programs. Therefore, America’s institutions training teachers should set high standards to admit only the best candidates to become the teachers. According to a new report by the National Council on Read more about Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Pre...
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Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Discussion Guide. According to ESSA, states now must ensure that low-income and minority students are not served at disproportionate rates by ineffective teachers, as opposed to unqualified ones. However, the law does not define ineffective teachers, allowing each state to determine its own definition. This guide presents key questions for defining ineffective teachers. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/teacher-effectiveness-every-student-succeeds-act-discussion-guide/
The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders has released a new discussion guide, Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Systemic challenges in the educator workforce require thoughtful and bold actions, and ESSA presents a unique opportunity for states to reaffirm, modify, or improve their vision of educator effectiveness. This GTL Center discussion guide[...]
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Teacher Effects on Social and Emotional Skills in School. In a recent article for the Shanker Institute, David Blazar and Matthew Kraft reflect on the findings of their recent study of teacher effects on students’ social and emotional skills. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/teacher-effects-social-emotional-skills-school/
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Developing Resilient, Equity-Conscious Teachers. Emotional resilience and cultural competence are two areas that have been poorly addressed by new teacher-support programs, but they are the keys to meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of every child, every day. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/developing-resilient-equity-conscious-teachers/
In Education Week Teacher, Elena Aguilar writes an insightful piece about the promise of transformational coaching. Excerpts appear below: I believe new-teacher support programs must be linked to schools’ moral imperative to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of every child, every day. To that end, the overarching objective of a teacher-support program should[...]
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Let's use this space to think about how we can energize the K-12 experience. Let's make it a fun, vibrant and enjoyable place to reflect and develop as educators. TWO RULES: 1. Please play nicely. 2. Please +1/comment and SHARE as much as possible as it gives a community energy! Created by Annabelle Howard.
 

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The Good News in Education. Graduation rates are up...College completion is up...Associate degrees, too...Schools are safer...Public perception has improved... For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/good-news-education/
In a sea of bad news, Dick Startz, writing for the Brown Center Chalkboard at Brookings, reflects on the good news in American education: Graduation rates are up Over the last fifteen years, high school graduation rates have risen. The vast majority of adults have a high school diploma. White, Black, and Hispanic graduation rates Read more about The Good News in Education…
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Choosing the Best Teacher Observation Instrument. A report by Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic provides new evidence to help educators choose among five widely used “off-the shelf” teacher observation instruments and decide how much weight to attach to scores on different dimensions of the instruments. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/choosing_best_teacher_observation_instrument/
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Becoming Brilliant: Reimagining Education for our Time. Becoming Brilliant, a new book by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff explores the definition of brilliance in the modern information age. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/becoming-brilliant-reimagining-education-time/
Becoming Brilliant, a new book by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff explores the definition of brilliance in the modern information age. Below, excerpts from a post in the Brookings Blog provide an overview of this new way of thinking: The amount of knowledge available in books and online is doubling every two and a Read more about Becoming Brilliant: Reimagining Education for our Time…
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Evaluation of Performance Measures for Teachers and Principals. This study, from NCEE, examines the usefulness of a set of three performance measures for evaluating teachers and principals: observations of teachers’ classroom practices; value-added measures of teacher performance; and a 360-degree survey assessment of principals’ leadership practices. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/evaluation-performance-measures-teachers-principals/
According to a report from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE), three performance measures used for evaluating teachers and principals provided some information to distinguish educator performance and led to increased feedback. The study examined the first year implementation of a set of three performance measures: observations of teachers’ classroom practices; Read more about Evaluation of Performance Meas...
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Dear President-Elect Trump. Marc Tucker recently penned a letter to President-Elect Trump, outlining the importance of education to the American economy. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/dear-president-elect-trump/
Marc Tucker recently penned a letter to President-Elect Trump, outlining the importance of education to the American economy. Portions of it appear below: Dear President-Elect Trump, People are counting on you because you told them that you can restore their jobs and their incomes, and, most important, their pride and self-respect. The most important reason[...]
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Do Low Income Students Have Access to Effective Teachers? This study examines whether low-income students are taught by less effective teachers than high-income students, and if so, whether and to what extent different inequity reduction measures would close the student achievement gap. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/low-income-students-access-effective-teachers/
The Institute of Education Sciences has released a new report entitled Do Low Income Students Have Access to Effective Teachers? Evidence from 26 Districts. The report from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) examines whether low-income students are taught by less effective teachers than high-income students, and if so, whether reducing[...]
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I guess less effective teachers don't exist.Every teacher believes that is good before enrolling as a teacher
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Kim Fleming

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Confusion over Purpose of U.S. Education System. There is no consensus among the public about the role of the public school system in the U.S., according to a Phi Delta Kappan poll. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/confusion-purpose-u-s-education-system/
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New Toolkit and Crosswalk for Leadership Standards Alignment. Many states are transitioning to the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Developed in partnership with that organization, this toolkit offers a step-by-step process for aligning current leadership standards to the PSEL to determine gaps. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/new-toolkit-crosswalk-leadership-standards-alignment/
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