Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching

This report investigates the competencies teachers need to succeed in a learner-centered or personalized learning school community. Within four groups of competencies—cognitive, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and instructional—the report discusses specific ways that teachers can improve their skills  to effectively meet the requirements of a competency-based learning environment.

Preliminary Report on Teacher Preparation for Literacy Instruction

This report examines states’ preservice teacher preparation programs and their efforts to prepare teachers for literacy instruction. The document provides a summary of state requirements for program content and program assessments, and state licensure requirements by school level.

The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development

In this report, TNTP looks at challenges in the area of teacher improvement, and finds that large investments have been made by school districts and systems across the country in recent years in programs aimed at helping teachers develop and improve. TNTP focused on a sample of three large school districts and set out to identify supports that successfully boost teacher growth. The report finds little evidence that year-on-year improvements are taking place; moreover, researchers were unable to identify particular practices helping teachers who do demonstrate improvement.

Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation

This report examines 22 teacher education programs that have significantly shifted focus to place high-quality clinical teacher preparation at the center of their programs. It details how those shifts occurred and conditions that facilitated movement from traditional teacher training models to more clinical approaches.

Blended Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education From 2008 to 2015

The first in a series of four papers from iNACOL—the International Association for K–12 Online Learning—on online learning, this report looks at how blended learning is being used in education today to improve educational outcomes and personalize the learning experience for students.

Giving Teachers the Feedback and Support They Deserve

This report examines how five school districts in Texas, Tennessee, Oregon, Georgia, and Louisiana implemented new educator evaluation and support systems and lessons learned along the way. The report finds that a process of regular observation and feedback is an important component of an effective evaluation system and identifies five essential practices for ensuring that teachers receive effective feedback and support from evaluation systems. 

Ensuring Equitable Access to Strong Teachers

This brief from The Education Trust presents ideas for states to consider when developing a state plan to ensure that all students, particularly disadvantaged students, have access to effective teachers. Recommendations include using data to identify patterns of teacher access, working with stakeholders to determine the main causes of disparities, and creating policies to spur change that give priority to schools with the most urgent problems.

Proof Points: Blended Learning Success in School Districts

A series of case studies from the Christensen Institute illustrate the impact of blended learning on student outcomes in six states. Although implementation of blended learning programs varies across the states, a set of characteristics is consistent throughout, including strong leadership, engaging instruction and digital content, and platforms that offer greater student control over learning. 

Public School Teacher: Attrition and Mobility in the First Five Years

This federal report presents data on teacher attrition and mobility from a longitudinal study following teachers who began teaching in 2007–08. Analysis of the data reveals that in contrast to the 40–50 percent attrition rate found in earlier studies, only 17 percent of new teachers left their jobs in the first five years.

Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage

This white paper examines why teacher shortages exist in the United States at certain grade levels, subject areas, and geographic areas, and highlights some of the barriers to improving teacher supply. The authors suggest that online learning may provide some solutions to these issues by offering alternative models of learning with increased flexibilities.


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