The Leadership and Moral Dilemma of Staffing K- 2 Under High Stakes Testing

When the No Child Left Behind Act passed in 2001, schools began facing enormous pressure to ensure that their test scores measured up. Schools that fall behind can face real consequences. A recent study speaks to the unintended consequences of this pressure to perform well on tests; demonstrating that the majority of teachers deemed less effective in terms of test scores were moved out of the tested grades. This pattern is stronger in schools where the principal has more influence on where teachers are assigned. On the flip side, teachers in lower-grade classrooms who have performed well are more likely to be bumped up to tested grades.

Teaching Matters Stands with Our Dreamers

Teaching Matters urges the Trump Administration to preserve DACA and continue protecting Dreamers, as they are an essential part of our diverse society. The repeal threatens some of the most talented young people in America, and efforts to dismiss them would hurt our communities and schools.

Statement from Teaching Matters on House FY18 Appropriations Bill

Systems that empower teachers also empower students. Teachers need our government to support them in their work to give students the best education possible. The current draft of the House FY18 Appropriations Bill fails our teachers and puts students at risk. The bill cuts funding for the Title II-A program, which supports teacher training.

The potentially ruinous consequences of diverting money for low income students into vouchers

While President Trump was still a candidate, he vowed that his administration would allocate $20 billion to support vouchers for school choice, a likely source being Title 1 funds that currently go to about two-thirds of America’s public schools.

Micro-Credentials Support Targeted Professional Learning

About two years ago, Teaching Matters decided to couple professional development focusing on teacher leadership with a micro-credentialing plan that identifies, coaches, and rewards the kind of digestible chunks of knowledge and competence that are especially worthwhile. We made it our business to target the highest leverage skills in a prioritized and integrated way so that demonstrating these competencies is meaningful and substantial - and they can be recognized as the essentials that characterize a well-prepared teacher leader.

Spotlighting Innovators of a New Teacher-Led Profession

The votes are in, and P.S. 9, a Manhattan elementary school with a determined block of teachers who pressed for the chance to work collaboratively, has won the $25,000 Rohatyn Prize. Congratulations to P.S. 9 and all our five finalists, all of whom are pioneering teacher-led school improvement.

Achieving Lift-Off: How to Quickly Elevate Reading Teachers

It's been said before: Teaching reading IS rocket science - or at least similarly difficult. We understand. Learning to read is both complex and crucial. So is teaching students how. Early Reading Matters is our initiative to transform reading instruction in high needs elementary schools. CNN’s Kelly Wallace recently spent the day visiting P.S.

More of the Story on "Testing Doesn’t Have to Be a Dirty Word"

Maybe you heard it on NPR - teachers and students alike singing the praises of assessment! WNYC visited one of our partner schools, West Side Collaborative, to learn what it looks like when assessment is real time, precise, and really useful to both teachers and students.

Teacher Leadership in the Spotlight

This is the hour of "teacher leadership." It's one we don't want to waste.

Nationwide, the idea is gaining traction as a school improvement strategy. It's being endorsed by unions, ed reformers, front-line educators, researchers, and policymakers alike.

Poor NY Schools are Being Shorted

How much money gets spent on which kids is roiling New York’s state capital again, with no definitive answers yet.

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