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Project Study Components

August 28, 2016

Teaching is complex. Understanding effective teaching requires a careful look at how a variety of skills and practices work together to inspire learning among diverse students. Measures of Effective Teaching project researchers collected data on five different measures of effective teaching: 1. Student achievement gains on state standardized tests and…

An Overview of Interim Findings from the Intensive Partnership for Effective Teaching

June 5, 2016 | Effective Teaching

In 2009, through the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative, we invested in three school districts: Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida; Memphis City Schools, Tennessee; and Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania, and a group of charter management organizations (CMOs): Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, California; Aspire Public Schools, California; Green Dot Public…

Straight from the Students: Finding Supportive Communities in Public Charter Schools

May 12, 2016

Students discuss their community and learning experience at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC.

Better Feedback for Better Teaching

Better Feedback for Better Teaching: A Practical Guide to Improving Classroom Observations

May 5, 2016 | Effective Teaching

A new book, Better Feedback for Better Teaching, offers practical guidance for  improving observer training, assessment, and monitoring so all educators can benefit from trustworthy observations that provide them with meaningful, accurate, and actionable feedback. A PDF version of the book is available for download. Better Feedback for Better Teaching…

Teacher Appreciation Week: Thanking Teachers Who Believe All Students Can Succeed

May 5, 2016

Through the Progress in Action campaign, we’re celebrating what works in schools. And no one in schools works harder than the teachers who dedicate every day to helping their students make progress. Teacher Appreciation Week, which begins today, is a time to recognize these teachers for not just for their tireless…

Which Tools and Curriculum Help Teachers Make #ProgressInK12?

April 11, 2016

In the first part of our Progress in Action campaign, we highlighted inspiring stories of educators who collaborate with their peers, ask their students for feedback on their teaching, and try new approaches to help all students succeed. These stories demonstrate how resourceful, flexible, and creative teachers are. Every teacher has…

Education Week: Can ‘Micro-Credentialing’ Salvage Teacher PD?

March 29, 2016

Last year, Kay Staley and Jessica Scherer, literacy coaches in the Kettle Moraine district in Wisconsin, led groups of teachers in a book study on close reading—a complex and important skill emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. Participants were paired with a coach and peers as they wrestled with how to…

Brookings Institution: Never judge a book by its cover—use student achievement instead

March 11, 2016

By Thomas J. Kane, Brookings Institution They say never judge a book by its cover. We need to start judging textbooks and other instructional materials using student achievement instead. In February and March of last year, as teachers were preparing for the first administration of the end-of-year assessments from the Partnership for…

An Open Letter to Teachers: Raise Your Voice!

December 11, 2015

In this open letter to teachers, I am restating my claim that teachers are the experts.  I urge teachers to talk with other teachers about their practice, and raise their voice about what they need to help their students learn.  I’m immensely thankful to have learned with andfrom so many teachers throughout my…

The Passing of the Baton

October 28, 2015 | Effective Teaching

By Vicki Phillips, Director of Education, US Programs I am writing with a heart filled with gratitude, sadness and excitement to tell you I will be leaving the Foundation at the end of the year to pursue our common work for students and teachers from another venue. It has been…