Building A Better Teacher

The Hechinger Report has partnered with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to produce an eight-part series that looks at the teaching profession in Wisconsin and nationally. See all our Special Reports

Wisconsin moving toward portfolio-based assessment for teacher-candidates

MILWAUKEE — Before he could start student teaching in January at Sennette Middle School in nearby Madison, Andrew Johnson had to pass a multiple-choice test. The 23-year-old wants to teach…

Wisconsin’s academic luster fading

English teacher Norma Mortimer watches over students earlier this year at Marshall Morse School. Governor-elect Scott Walker supports a statewide evaluation system with multiple measures of performance that…

Improving teachers means improving principals, too

Chuck Moore, heads up Eastbrook Academy in Milwaukee. In this photo Moore (center) listens as kindergartner Amani Minor, 5, explains her school work to him. (Photo by Michael…

Teachers unions often resist school reforms

Mary Lou Defino, left, of Milwaukee High School of the Arts, participates in a group exercise with Mary Barrett, a school social worker, while attending the annual WEAC…

How to train future educators

Ivelisse Cruz, left, gives a group presentation on "What Makes Great Teachers Great" during her Philosophy of Education class at Alverno College on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 with…

Trying to steer strong teachers to weak schools

James Sonnenberg has a request for Gregory Thornton, the new superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools: “Give me the best you have, to work with the children who need the most.”…

School districts evaluate merits of merit pay

PITTSBURGH – They call it the War Room. It looks like any other classroom inside Carrick High School, a sprawling structure that towers like a stone fortress over this working-class…

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Grading teachers is no easy assignment

MPS teacher Norma Mortimer works with students Candase Franklin (left), Dion Jones (rear) and Tayler Artis on their group analysis of a short story in her English class.…

State deals with wave of teacher accountability reform

An educational earthquake aimed at improving the effectiveness of teachers is rumbling across the nation. So far, the quake is only beginning to affect Wisconsin. But the tremors of…