Recent Blog Posts
CTQ policy consultant Jon Eckert explains why the recent NCTQ rankings of teacher-education programs are misleading.
Although I'm still reading through the latest report on teacher education programs in the U.S., so far it's been old news and questionable research. Criticisms of teacher prep are not new; in fact, most of the ones leveled in this new (?) report have been highlighted before, most notably by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships commissioned by the major teacher education accrediting body, NCATE (now CAEP) a few years ago.
We need to understand the research of the past before we can implement reforms of today.
If we are going to transform the roles of teachers in schools, then the roles of school leaders must change too. Though I often think the job of the teacher borders on impossible, the job of principal is even more so. Do we want many of the same things?
Blogger's Note: This was a tough post to write. It feels like a confession that I should probably just keep to myself -- but I gotta believe that other teachers of tested subjects are thinking the same thoughts as I am. While this isn't super polished, I hope it makes y'all think.
So I have a bit of a confession to make: I’m addicted to reality television.
Teachers--have you ever wished you could be earning graduate course credit for all of the professional reading you do? I have!
For several months, many of us have been following the documentary series, "A Year at Mission Hill." Each week we peeked inside the daily life of one of the most amazing schools in America. The last installment of that series is now online, and it is probably the most interesting 10 minutes you'll spend all week.
Sam Chaltain describes it well: