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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 »

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 »

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 »

Another Reason to Avoid Becoming a Teacher

Another Reason to Avoid Becoming a Teacher

By Amy Auletto The teaching profession is once again under attack as legislation that would prevent new teachers in Michigan from receiving a retirement pension has advanced to a full Senate vote. If approved by the Senate, teachers entering the public school system on or after July 1, 2017 will be forced into a 401… Read More »

Students Pay the Price for Unequal Treatment of Charter School Teachers

Students Pay the Price for Unequal Treatment of Charter School Teachers

By Amy Auletto Research on charter school performance continues to conclude that, generally speaking, charter schools are no better or worse than traditional public schools (TPS) when it comes to academic achievement. While student outcomes are relatively similar across the two types of schools, the experiences of teachers are quite different. Using data from the… Read More »

New Statistics on Beginning Teacher Attrition and Mobility

New Statistics on Beginning Teacher Attrition and Mobility

By Dave Reid The U.S. Department of Education recently released a report detailing beginning teacher attrition and mobility in U.S. public schools. The reports uses data from almost 2,000 first-year public school teachers beginning in 2007-08. The overall findings from the study suggest that on average beginning teachers are not leaving teaching as quickly as… Read More »

Study Links Teacher Retention and Practice Teaching

Study Links Teacher Retention and Practice Teaching

By Dave Reid A study from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education found teachers who have increased opportunities to practice teaching skills and focus on the “how” of teaching while in teacher education programs are more likely to remain in the classroom. Other notable results from the study include: (1) science and math teachers… Read More »

Worsening Perceptions of the Teaching Profession?

Worsening Perceptions of the Teaching Profession?

By Corey Savage A report released this past summer by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) found that the yearly costs associated with teacher attrition – $2.2B nationally and $59.4M in Michigan – fall disproportionately on low-income communities where the rate of teacher attrition is nearly twice as high as in schools serving more affluent… Read More »