Teaching as a Profession
As more and more evidence points to the impact of consistently effective teaching on student achievement, questions emerge about teaching as a profession—and as a career. This topic includes articles addressing trends and issues in teacher preparation, career development, and the day-to-day work of teaching.
What if you could spot a top teacher candidate from an e-mail?
It may sound too good to be true, but statistically speaking, it can be surprisingly effective, according to one charter school organization requiring applicants to answer hypothetical e-mails as part of its interviewing process beginning this summer. Continue
Paul Toner on the MTA’s controversial plan to include student scores in teacher evaluations
In this interview Paul Toner, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, explains the MTA's controversial proposal to use state test results, among other things, to rate teacher performance. Continue
Online PD helps teachers learn to collaborate so their students will, too
In Robbinsville, N.J., fourth-grade teacher Linda Biondi helps teachers share and critique each other’s essays on the National Writing Project’s digital writing websites. Back in the classroom, she works with her students to do the same thing—encouraging each other to dig deeper within themselves for details as they master their writing skills. Continue