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Unleashing the Power of Teacher Collaboration

September 11, 2015

By Renee Boss, Initiative Director at The Fund for Transforming Education, and Amy Spicer, Director of Professional Learning at The Colorado Education Initiative What happens when teachers trade isolation for collaboration? Teachers in Colorado and Kentucky wanted to find out so they created the Common Assignment Study (CAS) to show…

ECET2: Cultivating a Calling—Lauren Maucere

September 1, 2015

During the Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET²) convening in Seattle, Washington, Lauren Maucere, a high school English, ASL, Theater Arts and health teacher from Los Angeles Unified School district gives a keynote address reflecting on her call to become an educator. “That scene (in Romeo and Juliet)…

The Next Generation of ECET2

August 20, 2015

ECET² offers a series of teacher-led national and regional convenings as well as an online community that are focused on teacher leadership, collaboration, and innovative instructional practices. Teachers run it all – the seminars, workshops, meetings – you name it. Watch this video to hear seasoned ECET² attendees give advice to…

New Study on District-Charter School Collaborations Shows Promise and Challenges

August 10, 2015

Efforts to foster collaboration between district and charter schools—traditional rivals for scarce educational resources—are showing some promise, but challenges remain in forging effective partnerships, according to a new study released today by Mathematica Policy Research. The study report and issue brief document an analysis of collaboration activities during the early stages of a project…

Watch: Teachers Know Best – Making Data Practical

June 24, 2015

When students arrive at kindergarten behind, they will likely leave elementary school behind unless teachers find ways to target their individual needs. In this video accompanying the Gates Foundation’s Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work report, educators discuss the importance of finding clear direction in the data they receive. “Sometimes we wait…

Common Assignment Study

June 10, 2015

As states and districts adopt and implement new academic standards based on Common Core State Standards, it is critical to enable and examine ways for teachers to work and learn together with a shared goal of strengthening curriculum design, classroom practices, and student work products. The Common Assignment Study is…

Digital Games Twitter Chat

May 21, 2015

Education writer Greg Toppo and Vicki Phillips hosted a Twitter chat on what makes a digital game good (or bad), what teachers have learned from bringing digital games into their classrooms and what game designers can learn from teachers’ experiences. Highlights and favorite tools from the chat are curated below. [<a href="//storify.com/drvickip/edgamechat" target="_blank">View…

California Math Teacher: Common Core Adds Up

May 11, 2015

California elementary school teacher and mathematics specialist voices her support for the new math standards that force students to think deeply about concepts and follow a logical track in building math skills. Source: Redlands Daily Facts

Kentucky Leads the Way with Common Core

May 10, 2015

As the first state to adopt the Common Core, Kentucky has managed a remarkably smooth and successful transition. After four years, test scores are improving and the high school graduation rate is up 87 percent, beating the national average. But success didn’t happen overnight. “It takes about five years for teachers…

Shaving Cream, Supply, and Demand

May 10, 2015

Andrew Hull is a social studies teacher at Palmyra Area High in Pennsylvania. He teaches AP microeconomics, economics, and sports history and serves as the head coach for the boys’ soccer team. When I was hired as a social studies teacher at Palmyra Area High School in 2013, the department…