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The High Cost of Teacher Turnover

Nearly half of all teachers leave the profession within their five years on the job. (Credit: Flickr/www.audio-luci-store.it)

With the Vergara v. California lawsuit shining a spotlight on teacher tenure, it’s easy to forget that for many places, tenure isn’t the issue. The bigger problem is too many new teachers just don’t stay.

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Campus crime “strike teams”

Has anyone heard of campus police departments in your area organizing a “strike team,” or a group that roams campus in plain clothes and apprehends suspicious persons who “shouldn’t be there”?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! We’re doing a follow-up after N.C. Central University officers fatally shot an armed suspect Monday night.

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Five Questions For … Heather Vogell of the AJC on Cheating, Testing, and Digging into Data

Five Questions For … Heather Vogell of the AJC on Cheating, Testing, and Digging into Data

Following up on its award-winning reporting on a cheating scandal in Atlanta’s public schools – which spurred the retirement of Beverly Hall, the district’s superintendent. Subsequently, 36 people were indicted on criminal charges related to the cheating, including Hall. the AJC is now looking at testing errors that occur before and after the questions are put to the students. Veteran reporter Heather Vogell of the AJC’s investigations team spoke with EWA.

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Teacher Evaluations: States Moving Quickly to Increase Expectations, Accountability

The landscape for teacher evaluations is quickly evolving, as policymakers and educators wrangle with the public’s rising demand for greater accountability – and measurable gains – by public schools.

Currently at least 24 states have adopted policies making “classroom effectiveness” a factor in measuring a teacher’s performance. Here’s one indicator of just how quickly these reforms are moving: In 2011, just 15 states required teacher evaluations of any kind, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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With School Performance Under Scrutiny, States Turn Focus to Teacher Preparation

As accountability pressures on the nation’s teaching force mount, scrutiny of colleges of education is intensifying as well. There is also a growing focus on teacher preparation as a critical component to school improvement. The Hechinger Report teamed up with news outlets nationwide to consider these critical issues. Here’s a roundup of the reporting:

Programs Offering Alternative Routes to Teacher Careers Grow

May 16, 2013

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Hechinger Report, GothamSchools Explore Challenges to Teachers’ Unions Influence

Teachers unions are facing new challenges to their influence, even as pressures mount on their members to demonstrate their effectiveness on the job. In a joint project, The Hechinger Report and GothamSchools teamed up to explore the shift sphere of teachers unions, with a special focus on New York City, the nation’s fifth-largest school district. Here’s a roundup of the coverage:

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Healthy Schools

I’m working on a piece on coordinated approaches to school health and how schools are realizing that healthy kids do better academically. I’m looking for specific examples from around the country of programs that work. For example, a program near where I live and work is a partnership with a local hospital and surrounding school districts.

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If you read one education book this year….

If you read one education book this year, it should be John Hattie’s Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement. A meta-analysis is an article that quantitatively sums up the effect sizes of multiple studies about a particular topic. As Hattie points out, meta-analyses are not perfect but, well-constructed, they are almost always an improvement over relying on a single study. So you can imagine the power of a book that summarizes more than 800 different meta-analyses! The book is very readable and down-to-earth.

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Tom Friedman at the National Seminar

Tom Friedman at the National Seminar

EWA President Stephanie Banchero sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman for a wide-ranging discussion on innovation and education. Recorded May 2, 2013, at EWA’s 66th National Seminar at Stanford University.

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2012 Winners of the National Awards for Education Reporting

A project that took 10 years of persistence to document disturbing patterns of absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools won EWA’s Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Rep…. The Chicago Tribune received the award for “An Empty-Desk Epidemic,” which demonstrated how students racked up missed days of school even as early as kindergarten. School officials ignored the problem.

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Five Questions For … ‘TED Talks Curator Chris Anderson on `Re-Imagining Education’

The first-ever TED Talks Education television program debuts Tuesday as part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen project, and focuses on ways to improve public education. The speakers, following the format popularized by TED through digital mediums and in-person conferences, includes students, teachers, and famous faces such as Bill Gates and Harlem Children’s Zone CEO Geoffrey Canada.

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Background Reading for THURSDAY of EWA National Seminar at Stanford University

Advocates Session – Reporters’ Roundtable (10:00-11:15 a.m.)

How can advocates connect more effectively with journalists? Reporters and editors describe their reactions to press releases and emails, and offer advice on what works best to cut through the clutter.

Panelists:

Dave Murray, Mlive.com;

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed;

 Daarel Burnette, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Moderator: Dakarai Aarons, CommunicationWorks

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Five Questions For … U.S. News & World Report’s Robert Morse on New `Best High School’ Rankings

U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s “best” high schools are out, and there’s an interesting mix of traditional campuses, specialized programs, magnets and charter schools. Robert Morse, U.S. News’ director of data and research, spoke with EWA about what’s new this year, what sets the rankings apart from those produced by other news outlets, and what’s next for quantifying a school’s achievements.