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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 »

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 »

Feds and States and Widgets—Oh My!

Feds and States and Widgets—Oh My!

By Dirk Zuschlag The Feds For nearly seven years the Obama Department of Education (USDOE), through its Race to the Top (RttT) program and its issuance of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers, pushed states to establish “rigorous” teacher evaluation systems that incorporated student achievement evidence, the results of which would then be used in… Read More »

Grade Inflation in Michigan’s Teacher Evaluation System

Grade Inflation in Michigan’s Teacher Evaluation System

By Amy Auletto It’s not just students who are impacted by grade inflation these days. Teacher evaluation ratings for the 2015-16 school year were recently released, and the results are either very impressive or very disconcerting depending on how you look at them. According to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), only 400 teachers were… Read More »

A New Perspective on Professional Development

A New Perspective on Professional Development

By Amy Auletto Professional development has long been touted as a way to improve teaching. A substantial amount of time and money is invested into learning opportunities for teachers in an effort to strengthen their ability to effectively instruct students. A report by The New Teacher Project (TNTP) looked at professional development (PD) practices in… Read More »

New Federal Teacher Preparation Regulations – Implications for Michigan State University’s Teacher Preparation Program

New Federal Teacher Preparation Regulations – Implications for Michigan State University’s Teacher Preparation Program

This week’s post is written by Dr. Corey Drake. Corey Drake is an Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Preparation at Michigan State University. Her work focuses on the preparation of elementary teachers to teach mathematics in diverse contexts. Her current research includes studies of pre-service elementary teachers’ learning from and about the use of mathematics… Read More »

#proudMIeducator: Why a Hashtag Isn’t Enough to Save the Teaching Profession

#proudMIeducator: Why a Hashtag Isn’t Enough to Save the Teaching Profession

By Amy Auletto The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recently launched a media campaign designed to recognize the work of educators across the state. Referred to as Proud Michigan Educator, this campaign was developed to combat the negative rhetoric surrounding the teaching profession which often blames teachers for the failings of public education and contributes… Read More »

Tackling the Issue of Low Teacher Morale in Michigan and Beyond

Tackling the Issue of Low Teacher Morale in Michigan and Beyond

By Amy Auletto Last month, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Michigan Education Association (MEA) released survey results from a joint project assessing Michigan educators’ perceptions of the profession. In a presentation titled Dissed, Devalued, Demeaned, the two organizations painted a grim picture of teacher morale in Michigan. Nearly 11,000 educators participated in… Read More »

Is There a “Best” Teacher Evaluation System?

Is There a “Best” Teacher Evaluation System?

By Jason Burns Though the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor to No Child Left Behind (NCLB), has a reduced emphasis on accountability, the debate over how to evaluate teachers rages on. While there is little disagreement over the importance of providing all students with an effective teacher, there are markedly different views of… Read More »

Researchers Revisit TNTP’s “Widget Effect”, Teacher Evaluations

Researchers Revisit TNTP’s “Widget Effect”, Teacher Evaluations

By Dave Reid Researchers Matthew A. Kraft and Allison F. Gilmour recently released a working paper which examined if new teacher evaluation systems have made any progress differentiating amongst teacher quality. In short, they find many states now do a better job distinguishing great teachers from good teachers, but states continue to struggle between differentiating… Read More »