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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 »

Let’s Raise the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession

Let’s Raise 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. Look for next week’s piece, titled “Let’s Lower the Bar to Enter the Teaching Profession,” which examines the other side of this issue. By Amy Auletto… Read More »

Teacher Mentoring: A Policy Bright Spot in Michigan

Teacher Mentoring: A Policy Bright Spot in Michigan

By Amy Auletto The first few years of a teacher’s career are extremely challenging. While new teachers have typically completed a substantial amount of coursework in education and had the chance to practice their craft as student teachers, nothing compares to the on-the-job training teachers receive once they have classrooms of their own. Teachers improve… 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 »

Preparing Teachers for Middle School

Preparing Teachers for Middle School

By Amy Auletto Middle school is a challenging time for young people. Adolescents straddle the line between childhood and adulthood, struggling to assert their independence and form their identities while also still relying on parents and other adults. The brains of middle school students develop rapidly, but it is not until age 25 that the… Read More »