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.

Q&A with Sana Nasser: How a principal helps teachers improve

Sana Nasser Accountability is ratcheting up for schools and teachers, as new teacher-evaluation systems go into effect in more states. But although advocates of the changes say…

Millions spent on improving teachers, but little done to make sure it’s working

Matthew Thaxter, of the Long Island-based company TEQ, gives a smart board lesson to teachers at P.S. 176 in Brooklyn. Helping struggling teachers improve has become a…