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August, Dianne – American Educator, 2018
In this article, the author discusses the latest research on how to effectively teach English Language Learners (ELLs). This includes seven principles from a consensus report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The consensus report examines what the current research is about learning English from early…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Language Learners, Bilingualism
Murphy, Brett Gardiner – American Educator, 2018
An educator, who compiled teachers' stories of accountability era reforms into a book, explains why teacher voice is central. The book, "Inside Our Schools: Teachers on the Failure and Future of Education Reform," is organized around the recurring buzzwords the mainstream education reform movement has used to define its policies:…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change, Accountability, Empowerment
Quintero, Esther – American Educator, 2017
This article begins with the following quote from Harvard professor, Susan Moore Johnson: "Whatever level of human capital schools acquire through hiring can subsequently be developed through activities such as grade-level or subject-based teams of teachers, faculty committees, professional development, coaching, evaluation, and informal…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Teacher Effectiveness
Hirsch, E. D., Jr. – American Educator, 2017
People who emphasize teaching quality and the central importance of teachers are right to do so. Where some go wrong is in thinking that teacher quality is an innate characteristic. The effectiveness of a teacher is not some inherent competence, as the phrase "teacher quality" suggests. Teacher effectiveness is contextual. Why has the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
Mascio, Bryan – American Educator, 2016
How do we strengthen the teaching profession? This question weighs on many educators, researchers, politicians, and parents. The public discourse around teaching often feels very negative; it does not clearly define teaching expertise, but it does reflect a very clear belief that many teachers just do not have it. In this article, a former…
Descriptors: Expertise, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Clinical Supervision (of Teachers)
Preston, Harry F., V – American Educator, 2016
Professional educators--in the classroom, library, counseling center, or anywhere in between--share one overarching goal: ensuring all students receive the rich, well-rounded education they need to be productive, engaged citizens. In this article, a teacher of color in Baltimore discusses his career trajectory, and explains why teacher diversity…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, Males
Ashley, Dana M. – American Educator, 2016
When teachers wonder "What should I do?" in response to challenging student behaviors, the answers are not as simple as they might seem. What teachers can do also depends, at least in part, on external demands (e.g., discipline codes, principal expectations, time pressures on teaching content and testing) that can either facilitate or…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Positive Behavior Supports, Teacher Effectiveness, Holistic Approach
Kahlenberg, Richard D. – American Educator, 2015
Teacher tenure rights, first established more than a century ago, are under unprecedented attack. Tenure--which was enacted to protect students' education and those who provide it--is under assault from coast to coast, in state legislatures, in state courtrooms, and in the media. In June 2014, in the case of "Vergara v. California," a…
Descriptors: Tenure, Teacher Rights, Court Litigation, State Legislation
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 2014
As a major policy focus, teacher evaluation is currently the primary tool promoted to improve teaching quality. But evaluation alone is not enough. What will most transform teaching quality--and the profession--is the creation of a larger system that supports teaching and learning through on-the-job evaluation and professional development, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Faculty Development, Total Quality Management, Teacher Improvement
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2014
The author describes the early relationship between the Meriden Public schools' local teacher union and the Meriden Federation of Teachers (MFT) as "frosty with a lack of trust." However, in the last five years, she states, the union and the district have built a strong labor-management partnership whose focus on supporting teachers has…
Descriptors: Educational History, Unions, Labor Relations, Teachers
Rickenbrode, Robert; Walsh, Kate – American Educator, 2013
In 2000, the National Reading Panel report identified five essential components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Yet a new study of university-based teacher preparation programs finds that few cover these components, leaving teachers without research-based expertise. (Contains 2…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Reading Fluency
Waddell, Andy – American Educator, 2012
A man died last summer. At 78, he was neither old enough nor young enough for his passing to make news. His obituary was two paragraphs long. The "San Jose Mercury News" simply stated that Edward A. White was survived by "his brother Mike, his sister Mary and his many loving nieces and nephews." "As a passionate High School English Teacher" the…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, English Teachers, Altruism, Profiles
Allensworth, Elaine – American Educator, 2012
Teachers tend to leave schools where they feel ineffective. At the same time, it's harder to be effective in schools with the lowest levels of student performance, schools that are most in need of effective teaching. There is a pressing need to improve the quality of instruction in urban schools to reduce long-standing inequities in educational…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Racial Composition, Race
Kahlenberg, Richard D. – American Educator, 2012
Teachers' unions are under unprecedented bipartisan attack. The drumbeat is relentless, from governors in Wisconsin and Ohio to the film directors of "Waiting for 'Superman'" and "The Lottery"; from new lobbying groups like Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst and Wall Street's Democrats for Education Reform to political columnists such as Jonathan Alter…
Descriptors: Evidence, Collective Bargaining, Democratic Values, Unions
Ball, Deborah Loewenberg; Forzani, Francesca M. – American Educator, 2011
Focusing directly on the development of instructional practice and its effects is not easy. One major shortcoming in the educational infrastructure has been the lack of a common curriculum. A second has been an impoverished approach to supporting teaching practice. These two are related, for any effort to develop and improve teaching is weakened…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness
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