Student/Teacher Stories

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.

South Bend, WA

A Rural District’s Path to Student Success

Professional development, common planning time for teachers, and funding incentives are just a few of the effective strategies that rural Sound Bend School District in Washington State is embracing to help its students become career and college ready.

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

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 average of 3.6 percentile points."
Professional Development

New Report: Beyond Professional Development

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 K-12 Learning Trip

Spotlight on Kentucky

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.
Teacher Feedback

Teacher Observations: A Culture of Feedback

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.
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Unleashing the Power of Teacher Collaboration

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 the positive impact of teachers working across district and state lines to better serve students.
Think It Up: September 11, 2015, at 8 pm ET & PT / 7 pm CT

Watch Think It Up Live! Friday, Sept 11 8/7 CT

Join your favorite stars from film, television, and music in a new, local, national movement in support of students and teachers in America's public schools. Watch Think It Up and help unleash the potential of every student. Student Powered. Teacher Led. Crowd Funded.
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Back to School: How Parents Can Set Students Up for Success

As the new school year gets underway, many parents are eager to play an active role in their child’s education. To help answer these questions, the National PTA, Scholastic, and Learning Heroes are sharing tips and tools that parents can use to help their children succeed in school.
Virtual Learning

Collaborating Beyond Classrooms

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.
Chicago KIPP-Ascend school

Back to School: Listen to the Teachers

There’s no better time of year than now to ask teachers about what they need to succeed for the year ahead and beyond. Bill and Melinda Gates did just that in a series of interviews they conducted in preparation for Back to School.
Effective Teachers

Evaluation: Empowering Effective Teachers

In districts from Tampa to Denver to Portland, Oregon, teachers and administrators use multiple measures to gauge teacher effectiveness in new evaluation systems to fuel frequent, honest, and specific conversations.
Fund for Teachers

Professional Development: Dream Big By Learning Abroad

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.
What are you waiting for? Teacher Fellowship Opportunities

What are your waiting for? Teacher Fellowship Opportunities

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

Teachers Know Best

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.
The Rewards of Teaching in a Rural School

The Rewards of Teaching in a Rural School

For many of my students, my class is pivotal to their understanding of the world beyond our small Kentucky county, which leaves me with a cogent responsibility, one that requires me to make constant judgment calls about the scope of what I teach.
Menomonee Falls

The Art of Embracing Data

To make the best decisions for their students, Menomonee Falls School District tracks all available information related to school operations. Teachers meet regularly to discuss the data and look for trends.