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Teacher Practice Networks Collaborate to Advance Standards-Aligned Practices

December 11, 2017 | Professional DevelopmentStudent Achievement

Research shows that teachers learn best from each other, and that a school leadership model that leverages teacher leadership can positively impact instruction. Why not turn to teachers to help lead in the area they know best? School leadership should include teacher leaders as part of the solution to improving…

Tools to Help School Leaders Make Smart Staffing Decisions

December 8, 2016 | Instructional Leadership

Hear “instructional leadership,” and what comes readily to mind is the vital work of helping educators improve classroom teaching. It is a critical mission, to be sure, a key part of a principal’s job. But instructional leadership has at its foundation something broader—the capacity to build and keep great teaching…

Building Equity in Education

September 27, 2016 | Effective Teaching

Reflections from Teaching Fellow Meenoo Rami   For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve had the honor of serving as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s teaching fellow over the past year. During that time, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the many rich conversations we’ve had at Teacher Advisory…

Q&A: Spotlight on Observational Inquiry

September 27, 2016 | Professional Development

An Interview with Teacher Advisory Council 3 Member Andrea Quintana Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) is a volunteer body made up of educators from around the country who meet in-person with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s education team in Seattle twice a year. TAC members participate in working sessions that…

Education Is the Key

May 23, 2016

Our CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann released her first annual letter highlighting some of the lessons she’s learned, including lessons from our education work. And here’s one example of how important it is for teachers to be engaged in the process of helping students reach high standards, because as Sue notes, “deep…

New Guidance to Ensure that Every Teacher Grows—and Every Student Succeeds

March 25, 2016 | Teacher Observation

By Lynn Olson To realize their full potential, students need access to excellent teachers. And excellent teachers need meaningful feedback to help them grow in their practice. In this way, giving teachers feedback and support ultimately benefits students and drives student success. States and districts across the country have worked…

Celebrating School Districts on the Rise

March 11, 2016

From Arkansas to Massachusetts, California to Ohio, districts across the country are making incredible progress in boosting student achievement and increasing teacher effectiveness. In Education First’s Districts Rising series, the stories of ten districts that are working to raise student achievement and prepare students for college and career are highlighted and celebrated.…

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…

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…