Teachers

3 Key Elements for High-Quality Professional Learning

April 26, 2017 | Professional Development

Glimpse into any classroom in the country, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see students interacting and working together, engaged in group projects or other forms of collaboration. But in the Fulton County Schools system in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s equally common to walk through a school building and see teachers…

How High-Quality Instructional Materials Can Drive Teacher Growth

April 5, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has been widely heralded in recent years as one of the nation’s fastest-improving urban public school districts. Most coverage has focused on the district’s strong and stable leadership and its sustained focus on educator effectiveness. But headlines fail to capture a significant innovation: DCPS…

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…

Q&A with Peggy Brookins, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

September 25, 2016 | Effective Teaching

The National Board partners with diverse stakeholders, representing educators, administrators, policymakers and advocates, to ensure that many more students in America have the opportunity to learn from accomplished teachers. In this Q&A, Peggy Brookins, President and CEO of the National Board shares updates on the National Board’s work and its impact…

Room to Run: Student Stories from TNTP

September 1, 2016

TNTP’s Room to Run takes a look at what is possible when students have access to schoolwork that challenges and inspires them. To do this, TNTP asked those who know best: students. In Room to Run, a multimedia feature, TNTP highlights the stories of five students, like Abril, a second-grader…

How to Help High School Students Graduate

August 29, 2016 | Student Achievement

At the UChicago Network for College Success (NCS), we’re energized by recent data. The national public high school graduation rate has increased by 9 percentage points from 73 percent in 2006 to 82 percent in 2014 (NCES, 2016). In Chicago over the same time period, graduation rates showed even bigger improvements:…

Back to School: Embracing Goals

August 19, 2016

Back to school season is upon us. For the millions of students embarking on a new school year, that means setting goals to get them on a path to be ready for college and career success. Teachers and families are not only helping those students set their goals, they also…

Delve into the NCTQ Database

August 4, 2016

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is a research and policy group whose efforts to modernize the teacher profession are driven by the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. NCTQ’s work is focused on changes in practice and policy of teacher preparation programs, school districts, state governments and…