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Such intervention software is designed to help districts reduce truancy and excessive absences. It allows administrators to track and analyze absence patterns, and compare the data to historical trends. A2A can turn this data into actionable reports, highlighting the areas that help district administrators address attendance concerns and increase parent involvement.

Reader Testimony: 

“A2A has not only helped our district track our attendance but also communicate early and often with our families. The response from families has been very positive and our attendance has improved from approximately 94 to 96 percent. Because of A2A, we have been able to not only track how many students are absent but when they are absent and where” — such as the specific classroom and community. — Margaret Lavin, director of student services, Redwood City School District, Calif.

Year: 
2014

This fully-automated employee absence management and substitute placement system has internet and telephone access. SubFinder can be integrated with human resource and payroll systems and promotes a paperless work environment. It includes access to employee and substitute profiles, records and reports.

Reader Testimony: 

“The Subfinder system provides our district with the best-qualified substitutes to replace our teachers when they need to be out of the classroom. The system is very user-friendly with either the phone or computer system. Subs are able to take jobs that suit them and keep track of the days they have worked. This also lets our employees track their days off and see who is subbing for them.” — Ann Beverly, human resources assistant, Ankeny Community School District, Iowa

Year: 
2014

The Planboard app helps educators plan their lessons throughout the academic year by aligning with school and classroom schedules. Planboard can provide a synopsis of weekly and daily schedules. A variety of academic standards, like the Common Core, can also be integrated and tracked on Planboard.

Reader Testimony: 

“I discovered Planboard this year and fell in love with the website immediately. It is the perfect teacher tool and I managed to convince my entire middle campus to use it as a lesson-plan template and now our principal made it mandatory. I have cut down on time spent writing lesson plans and submitting them to my principal, and I can spend more time working on my classroom concepts.” — Ashlee Castro, department chair/fifth-grade teacher, Alpine ISD, Texas

Year: 
2014

As baby boomers retire and school enrollment steadily increases, more districts are searching internationally to find candidates for difficult-to-fill math and science positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that districts will need to hire nearly half a million teachers by the end of the decade.

Jessica Cuthbertson, a teacher leader in Aurora Public Schools, teaches middle school students. Cutherbertson considers herself a “teacherpreneur” and attends summer retreats via the Center for Teaching Quality.

Although teachers have long coached colleagues and developed curriculum informally and without compensation, teacher leadership programs aim to formalize the role by instituting rigorous selection processes, training and pay.

A teacher candidate from the NEA’s San Francisco residency program leads a lesson.

Teacher preparation programs have been criticized for not providing educators with sufficient classroom skills, as noted in the National Council on Teacher Quality’s “Teacher Prep Review 2014.”

In her book "Building a Better Teacher," Elizabeth Green shows what happens in the classrooms of great teachers

Great teachers are those who have tapped into how we learn at a deeper level, and that, author Elizabeth Green says, is a skill that can be passed on. In her book Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works And How To Teach It To Everyone, Green shows what happens in the classrooms of great teachers and how that can be scaled to an entire school or district.

In The Power of Teacher Leaders, top educational researchers describe the many ways teachers are leading.

The Power of Teacher Leaders: Their Roles, Influence, and Impact

Routledge Education

In The Power of Teacher Leaders, top educational researchers describe the many ways teachers are leading.

In each chapter, the contributing experts present original research, case studies and programs in practice.

The topics covered include how teachers become leaders, and the effects their leadership has on school communities and student success.

In her new book, journalist Dana Goldstein advocates for bottom-up education reform.

If there’s one thing that can be said with certainty about the education, it is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Teachers have been alternately seen as saviors of society and “bad guys” who drain precious tax resources while our children fall further behind.

About one-third of all teachers are now contributing to supplemental, voluntary investment programs called 403(b)s..

With state pension systems remaining underfunded, more teachers are investing in supplemental plans to increase savings in hopes of ensuring financial stability after retirement.

About one-third of all teachers are now contributing to supplemental, voluntary investment programs called 403(b)s, which are designed for education and some nonprofits. They are similar to 401(k)s, says Bruce Corcoran, managing director of institutional development for the K12 market at financial services company TIAA-CREF.

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