The bond between teachers and students is at the heart of learning. Today, consistent standards and new technologies are allowing students, teachers, and school leaders to collaborate and learn like never before. These stories celebrate teachers who help their students discover a love for learning and realize their full potential.
Last year, the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard surveyed a representative sample of 1,500 teachers and 142 principals across five states. They found that the choice of textbook, especially in math, had substantial effects on student learning. "...if all schools could be persuaded to switch to one of the top quartile textbooks, student achievement would rise overall by...an average of 3.6 percentile points."
From leading Australian researcher Ben Jensen, the new report Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems analyzes the way four high-performing systems provide professional learning to their teachers. Shanghai, British Columbia, Singapore, and Hong Kong all score near the top of all jurisdictions tested in mathematics, reading and science on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Kentucky has been a leader in the movement to more rigorous college and career ready standards to support their students’ success in the 21st century. Get a closer look at the amazing progress being made in the Bluegrass State by reading, and watching, highlights from Bill, Melinda, and Allan's recent trip.
In the fall of 2011, the Aldine Independent School District embarked on a journey to change the way teacher observations are conducted and utilized through a new observation protocol called INVEST. Despite the initial uncertainty, it was evident that a change was needed if, in fact, we were ever going to change the way we grow our teachers.
The Common Core State Standards, along with advances in technology, have opened up a new era in teacher collaboration over the past few years. Reaching across district and state boundaries, teachers are not only sharing useful resources and strategies, but also co-designing lessons and writing curricula.
Dream. And make it big. That’s the idea behind Fund for Teachers, an organization dedicated to enriching the personal and professional growth of teachers by providing them with funds to travel around the world to acquire professional development experiences that will enhance their classroom instruction.
At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we believe that nobody knows teaching like teachers. Teaching can be isolating, and we have been trying to figure out how to connect teachers in more powerful ways to have conversations about their profession and practice. Teacher fellowships are one way for teachers to connect, reflect, and improve their practice.
Teachers Know Best brings the perspectives of teachers & students to developers who are creating digital tools for the classroom. Moving from anecdotes of what digital instructional tools teachers want and need to actual, solid data, will help us to better understand how teachers use digital technology in the classroom, and how these tools can be improved.