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June 25, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

Worth A Read will return July 7, 2017

Posted: 06 Jul 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Worth A Read, a service of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, will return on July, 7, 2017. We hope you will continue to read our weekly selection of thought-provoking research and commentary focused on education reform and education policy.

The Teacher Testimony Project: Mobilizing And Lifting The Voices Of Teachers Of Color

Posted: 20 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Conra D. Gist shares how ‘Teachers of Color’ add to the teaching profession and how teacher testimonies can help lift the experiences of Teachers of Color. “The production of knowledge about their lived experiences interrupted narratives of inadequacy with counter-narratives of abundance and possibility.  The testimony development process functioned as a witness of how alternative methodologies and pedagogies can be taken up as transformative tools when working with and for Teachers of Color.”

Lean On Me: How Mentors Help First-Year Teachers

Posted: 18 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Mary Ellen Flannery writes about teacher mentors and how mentors can help reduce teacher turnover, teacher churn. The Brevard Federation of Teachers (BFT) is using a grant from the NEA Great Public Schools fund to create a “teacher-led, union run orientation program, and creat[ing] meaningful mentorships between new and veteran teachers.”

Student Vouchers Aren’t Working. Here’s Why

Posted: 15 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Chris Lubienski and Sara Theule Lubienski tackle the issue of school choice and voucher studies. They raise a number of questions, including: “Do we, as parents, taxpayers, and voters, want to fund programs that elevate choice, but lead to detrimental outcomes for children? Is choice a means or an end? Do we want choice for its own sake, or do we want it to improve achievement for all children?”

Beyond the test score horse race: 5 big questions researchers are asking about charter schools

Posted: 14 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Matt Barnum discusses a movement by some researchers to “move beyond test scores” to see how charter schools affect communities. “Studies of New Orleans’ public school system, which is composed of nearly all charters, have shown that expansion of charters (as well as a number of other reforms) led to large gains in student achievement, but also caused modest increases in racial segregation in city high schools.”

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