Teaching the Teachers

The federal government gives local districts more than a billion dollars a year for the professional development of teachers. But there’s little accountability for how the money is spent and whether it’s improving teaching and learning. The Hechinger Report is investigating how professional-development funds are spent in the country’s largest school system—New York City—as well as in other districts around the nation to see what we can learn from schools, districts and countries that excel at ongoing teacher training. See all our Special Reports

Panelists discuss a new report by The New Teacher Project, which found that professional development is largely ineffective.

New report reveals that teacher professional development is costly and ineffective

­ Panelists discuss a new report by The New Teacher Project, which found that professional development is largely ineffective. Photo: Jackie Mader WASHINGTON—Only 30 percent of…

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Teacher-school match: Education needs long relationships, not ‘one-night stands’

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Controversial report paints grim picture of teacher education

Amid a national debate about tenure laws that can keep ineffective teachers in the classroom, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), an advocacy group, has turned the spotlight…

Conflicting ideas about how to rate teacher prep programs

After winning a hard-fought battle against the teachers union to impose a new teacher evaluation system, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has turned to evaluating the training programs that…

Constant teacher training keeps poor Jewish school performing

Tiferes Bnos is an all-girls school located on the first floor of an apartment building near the border of the Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant sections of Brooklyn. It would be unsurprising…

Can the burgeoning world of online teacher training improve public education?

Screen shot from class Online teacher training involves much of the workload that traditional in-the-class instruction does: textbook lessons, classroom observations, student teaching. But the challenges of…

How an Australian company won the top spot in teacher training in New York City

Olivia Atanasovska, a consultant for AUSSIE, gives tips to teachers at P.S. 279 in the Bronx on how to design a curriculum. (Photo by Sarah Garland) A…

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