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September 18, 2016

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

Solving Teacher Shortages: Attracting and Retaining a Talented and Diverse Teaching Workforce

Posted: 14 Sep 2016 09:00 PM PDT

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) released a series of new reports this week. The new reports analyze causes and impact of teacher shortages. “According to new research conducted by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), the nation is staring at a serious teacher deficit that is only going to get worse unless steps are taken now to address it. The analysis, ‘A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand and Shortages in the U.S.,’ is part of a package of research reports and briefs released today that provide the most comprehensive look to date at the causes and consequences of teacher shortages and offer evidence-based policy recommendations to develop a strong and stable teaching workforce.”

What Are the Best Measures of School Quality? Educators Speak Out

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Brenda Álvarez shares the results of a national online poll from the National Education Association, which asked educators to specify school-level indicators they cared most about. “The two highest ranking indicators fell under the umbrella of widening the school curriculum, which came in at 85 percent, and health and wellness programs at 73 percent.”

America has a teacher shortage, and a new study says it’s getting worse

Posted: 13 Sep 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Joe Heim shares the findings of several new reports on teacher shortages across the country. “Regardless of the state, students in high-poverty and high-minority schools are typically hit hardest when there are teacher shortages. In 2014, on average, less than one percent of teachers were uncertified in low-minority schools, while four times as many were uncertified in high-minority schools, the study showed.”

School choice, metro Detroit’s new white flight

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Against the backdrop of a regional high school football game, Mike Wilkinson and Chastity Pratt Dawsey write about the impact of schools of choice in Michigan. “Moving out of East Detroit. East Detroit students have flooded into neighboring districts for more than a decade, with more than 2,900 using schools of choice to leave East Detroit. Most headed for districts that were far whiter than East Detroit, which saw the white population of its schools fall from 50 percent to 18.6 percent from 2009 to 2015.”

Schools of Opportunity Project Honors 20 Exemplary High Schools From Coast to Coast

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Kevin Welner & Carol Burris shared the results of the annual ‘Schools of Opportunity’ project from the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). The project “identifies and recognizes excellent public high schools that actively strive to close [the] opportunity gaps – the differences in opportunities and resources that drive the well-known achievement gaps.”

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