Tag Archives: Teacher Quality

Thoughts on the IMPACT System in DCPS

There’s been a lot of press coverage of the IMPACT evaluation program in D.C. Public Schools recently. I worked in the central office when that program was launched, and though I won’t provide further details about what I was doing, … Continue reading

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by request: more thoughts on Michelle Rhee’s leadership

One of my very engaged Twitter followers asked me to elaborate on why I like Michelle Rhee’s policies and management style. This is also a good time for me to talk about Richard Whitmire’s recently released book about Rhee, called … Continue reading

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The REAL Goal of Teacher Evaluation

Randi Weingarten reminded us that education reform isn’t a contest to see who cares more about kids; I’d like to take this opportunity to assert that it’s also not a contest to see who loves or hates teachers more (and … Continue reading

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Randi Weingarten, Unions, and Teacher Quality

Just a little over two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend an hour listening to Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers. I eagerly anticipated that session at the Teach For America 20th Anniversary Summit … Continue reading

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a response to Diane Ravitch’s “The Problem with Teach for America”

Valerie Strauss, in her seemingly limitless capacity to focus on the critical rather than the positive in the world of education, included in her column today a piece by Diane Ravitch that examines the principal shortcoming of Teach For America … Continue reading

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Coming Up on Education Inside Out

Greetings readers, old and new! I have a long list of topics I’ve been wanting to cover and will attempt to write about in the coming days – I’ve been busier lately and need to make a more concerted effort … Continue reading

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4 Claims about Teach For America… true or false?

I saw a link to this piece on Twitter and thought it would be appropriate to respond given that this weekend is Teach For America’s 20th Anniversary Summit right here in Washington. This is an interview between a guy named … Continue reading

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Grading the Programs Who Make Teachers

This article in the New York Times got me pretty excited. I witnessed more than enough evidence of mediocre schools of education during my two years in the classroom to think that evaluating teachers’ colleges is a wonderful and overdue … Continue reading

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Evaluating Foreign Language Teachers in DCPS… hay problemas.

One thing I don’t often hear in the debate about teacher evaluation is how evaluations should be differentiated depending on the level or content area of each teacher.   People argue about the validity of value-added test data and who should … Continue reading

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Student Evaluations of Teachers

New York Times: In a New Training Program, Students Teach Teachers This sounds like an awesome idea. I frequently asked my students for feedback and suggestions about my teaching style. I found that when I made this more open-ended (by … Continue reading

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