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Source: The fifth annual survey of K12 teachers by SheerID and Agile Education Marketing

On average, teachers spent $652 of their own money on classroom supplies, instructional materials and PD in 2018, according to the fifth annual survey of K12 teachers by SheerID and Agile Education Marketing. That marks a 39 percent increase from last year.

Source: The fifth annual survey of K12 teachers by SheerID and Agile Education Marketing

On average, teachers spent $652 of their own money on classroom supplies, instructional materials and PD in 2018, according to the fifth annual survey of K12 teachers by SheerID and Agile Education Marketing. That marks a 39 percent increase from last year.

Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith is the author of What School Could Be (Princeton University Press, 2018).

In his new book What School Could Be, innovation expert Ted Dintersmith profiles schools that focus on innovation and “real” learning, rather than endlessly drilling on formulas and definitions that don’t matter in today’s world.

9/26/2018

The most effective district professional development initiatives are characterized by 4 distinct attributes: the PD is personalized, job-embedded, tied to evaluations, and both ongoing and sustainable. These qualities will ensure any professional development efforts are as successful as possible.

8/30/2018

Most current assessment systems rely on generating data in order to identify, sort and label students, as well as educators. But, this approach is at odds with what has always been the true purpose of effective assessment, which should instead be to build hope, efficacy and achievement for both learners and educators. It’s time for a radically different approach.

2/8/2018

Paraeducators comprise more than a quarter of the instructional staff in U.S. schools and districts. They play a critical role, from providing behavior support to teaching both academic and social and emotional skills to students.

Many states and districts are facing unprecedented teacher shortages. As a result, many have implemented or are expanding existing programs that offer alternative routes to licensure or certification for those seeking to become teachers from another career. 

10/11/2017

Many states and districts are facing unprecedented teacher shortages. As a result, many have implemented or are expanding existing programs that offer alternative routes to licensure or certification for those seeking to become teachers from another career.

Lisa Gonzales is interim superintendent in the Lakeside Joint School District. Charles Young is superintendent in the Benicia USD.

The definition of an effective teacher remains in flux, and the evaluation process has morphed into numerous different assessments and observations. Fortunately, with the advent of new technologies, opportunities abound to broaden the evaluation process and to truly focus on teacher growth.

From classrooms to condos— The Wilkinson School in St. Louis, which closed eight years ago, will be renovated into apartments for teachers. Aside from offering low-cost housing, it will provide teachers with a collaborative atmosphere.

Bigger paychecks offered by wealthier suburban districts sometimes lure teachers away from St. Louis Public Schools. But a promising solution to a teacher-housing problem faced by many districts has emerged: St Louis schools' collection of more than two dozen vacant buildings.

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