Teaching

How to measure teacher effectiveness fairly?

In the age of accountability, measuring teacher effectiveness has become king. But it’s not enough merely to measure effectiveness, according to many leading thinkers and policymakers; personnel…

U.S. education pressured by international comparisons

Americans learn a bit more every year about the strengths and shortcomings of the education systems in other countries, thanks to a steady raft of international test data, academic scholarship,…

Japanese strategy for improving teachers is catching on in Chicago

Math teacher Michael Hock during a class he taught for a lesson study session. Other teachers gauge his success. (Photo by Linda Lutton/WBEZ) In the sunlit library…

Q&A with David Drew: Broadening STEM education and debunking its myths

David Drew (photo by Nick Pandolfo) David Drew, a professor and former dean at Claremont Graduate University who has studied science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education…

How much does class size matter?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a recent speech to students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that in his ideal world, he’d get rid of half of…

Friendly advice for teachers: Beware of Facebook

Teachers have been fired for comments they posted on Facebook, which raises free speech issues and questions about how teachers should interact on social media. This story…

Throwing students at classrooms

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week that if it were up to him, he’d double class size and…

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NCLB waiver plans offer hodgepodge of grading systems

Education Week States seeking waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act are hoping to replace what is widely considered an outdated, but consistent, school accountability regime with a…

In some U.S. schools, librarians are no longer saying, “Shh!”

Buffy Hamilton speaking at a conference on digital media and education in Chicago. (Photo by Nick Pandolfo) Buffy Hamilton, who calls herself “The Unquiet Librarian,” holds the…

Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S.

High schoolers work on projects at the YOUmedia lab at the Harold Washington library in Chicago. (Photo by Nick Pandolfo) CHICAGO—Imagine walking into a public library filled…

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