Teacher Quality Edition

Taking a Lesson from Teachers to Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Taking a Lesson from Teachers to Avoid Summer Learning Loss

By Amy Auletto While the Green & Write blog will soon be taking a break until the fall, teachers will be hard at work this summer. A common myth about the teaching profession is that teachers spend the summer months relaxing, but this is rarely the case. About half of teachers report working during the… Read More »

Job Satisfaction and the Role of Teacher Evaluation

Job Satisfaction and the Role of Teacher Evaluation

By Amy Auletto There are a number of factors that influence how satisfied teachers are with their jobs. Working conditions, such as school facilities, support from administrators, and class size, are important factors that teachers take into consideration when deciding where to work. Other important factors that predict teacher job satisfaction include job security, quality… Read More »

Saying ‘YES’ to Teaching

Saying ‘YES’ to Teaching

By Amy Auletto Relative to other college graduates, teachers prefer to work close to their hometowns. One study found that teachers typically work about 13 miles away from where they attended high school as opposed to college graduates in other fields, who move about 54 miles away from where they grew up. These geographical preferences… Read More »

The Role of Teachers in Disciplinary Outcomes of Black Students

The Role of Teachers in Disciplinary Outcomes of Black Students

By Amy Auletto Black students are disproportionately disciplined in schools at alarming rates. While only 16% of students in the U.S. are Black, they are assigned 32% of in-school suspensions, 33% of out-of-school suspensions, and 34% of expulsions. Broken down by gender, Black male students are about three times more likely than White male students… Read More »

Bringing Paraprofessionals to the Front of the Classroom

Bringing Paraprofessionals to the Front of the Classroom

By Amy Auletto Paraprofessionals, also referred to as teacher’s aides, classroom assistants, and more colloquially as parapros or paras, have become an indispensible resource in our schools. While these individuals once only performed basic duties like lunchroom monitoring and copying papers for teachers, paraprofessionals now frequently serve in instructional roles, providing direct services to students.… Read More »

New Evidence Points to the Importance of Teachers’ Colleagues

New Evidence Points to the Importance of Teachers’ Colleagues

By Amy Auletto Who we work with matters. In many professions, we often work closely with our colleagues on a regular basis, building professional and personal relationships, collaborating on projects, and serving as one another’s support systems in the workplace and beyond. This is especially true for teachers. Teachers work together formally, in grade-level teams… Read More »

Let’s Lower the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession

Let’s Lower the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession

This week, the Teacher Quality Blog examines one side of a contentious debate on whether or not the requirements to enter the teaching profession should be raised or lowered. In case you missed it, here’s last week’s piece titled “Let’s Raise the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession,” which examines the other side of this… Read More »