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The Secret, a recent movie, promotes the law of attraction, the notion that we attract what we think about. Can district leaders attract great teachers by simply thinking about what their schools would be like if all positions were filled with highly qualified individuals? It might be a good exercise for vision setting, but research suggests that schools need to match recruitment and retention efforts to the characteristics and motivations of teachers and teaching candidates.
History and Civics Test Scores Improve
Two reports recently released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the federal government's standard measure of public school achievement, point to improvements in U.S. history and civics test scores among fourth-graders, as well as improved history (but not civics) scores for eight hand 12th graders.