Tag Archives: teaching

Harvard Graduate School and “Transforming Teaching”

Harvard Graduate School and “Transforming Teaching”

By Dave Reid The Harvard Graduate School of Education is working on a new initiative called “Transforming Teaching” with the goal of supporting high-quality teaching in a systematic and coherent way. The initiative recently released a white paper, arguing: (1) there is a lack of usable knowledge about good teaching and the knowledge that is… Read More »

Summer is Coming: Teaching and Learning During the Summer Months

Summer is Coming: Teaching and Learning During the Summer Months

By Dave Reid Ample research has documented the phenomenon of “summer learning loss,” referring to the loss of learning that most students experience over the summer while out of school. Significant research shows that summer learning loss disproportionately impacts low-income students who lose as much as two months of reading achievement while out of school for… Read More »

Michigan Radio’s Learning to Teach Series

Michigan Radio’s Learning to Teach Series

By Dave Reid Last week, Michigan Radio premiered a week-long series titled, “Learning to Teach”. The station spoke with educational researchers, policymakers, and teachers to discuss many pressing issues facing our schools here in Michigan, including teacher compensation, teacher evaluations, and teacher effectiveness. Below are some of the highlights from the series, which notes that… Read More »

Teacher Evaluation Delays Hurt Students, Principals, and Teachers

Teacher Evaluation Delays Hurt Students, Principals, and Teachers

By Dave Reid In Michigan, teacher and administrator evaluation polices (HB5223 and HB5224), which were initially scheduled to take effect in the 2013-14 school year, are officially dead. There was hope that during the 2014 lame duck session these bills would make it through the Senate, but this effort fell short. The need for a… Read More »

What is Missing in the Early Childhood Education Policy Dialogue? The Child

What is Missing in the Early Childhood Education Policy Dialogue? The Child

By Maria Teresa Tatto Empirical support for the contribution of early childhood education to future education and wellbeing is definitive in at least two important areas: children’s cognitive and social development, and school retention and completion. Comparative research on the contribution of early childhood education to cognitive and social development argues that good quality early… Read More »

High-Stakes Assessment Season

High-Stakes Assessment Season

By Dave Reid As reported previously on Green & Write, Michigan began a new assessment system this spring. The high-stakes nature of this new assessment system (high-stakes meaning these tests are used to make important educational decisions about schools, administrators, teachers, and students) is sure to lead to a variety of opinions about the new… 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 »

ESEA Reauthorization and Teacher Evaluations

ESEA Reauthorization and Teacher Evaluations

By Dave Reid Last week U.S. Senate Education Committee Chair Lamar Alexander released a draft of his 2015 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) proposal. ESEA, currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is the federal government’s most significant public education law. While much of the coverage and conversation has revolved around annual testing… Read More »

Evaluating Pre-K Teacher Quality

Evaluating Pre-K Teacher Quality

By Dave Reid Pre-K education is a hot topic amongst policy makers, educational researchers, parents and educators because of the profound impact early childhood programming can have on the long-term outcomes of children. Because of this, numerous articles and documents are being circulated stressing the important of early childhood education. The U.S. Department of Education… Read More »

Teacher Shortages Persist Throughout the State

Teacher Shortages Persist Throughout the State

By Dave Reid Earlier this fall State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said there are ways to address teacher shortages in Michigan. Flanagan’s statement, which focused heavily on Detroit Public Schools (DPS), stems from concerns about large class sizes many classroom teachers are experiencing in DPS. At the time of Flanagan’s announcement, there were over 100 vacancies… Read More »