Check out my three-part series in Education Week Teacher: Reducing Attrition In Urban Schools ‘By Listening To Our Teachers’
Much is written, especially by “school reformers” about the importance of merit pay and how much more money will motivate us all to work harder and better. I’m all for a fair and just wage, but working conditions are a key element of teacher retention and a quality education for students.
Here are my choices for The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions (you might also want to check out The Best Posts & Articles About OECD’s Survey Of Teacher Working Conditions):
I’ve got to start off with a great xtranormal video created by Dan Brown called “Keeping Teachers Around.”
I worked with a group of talented inner-city teachers from throughout the United States last year through the Center For Teaching Quality. We created a pretty thorough report, “Transforming School Conditions: Building Bridges to the Education System That Students And Teachers Deserve.” You can read my summary of the report in The Washington Post, as well as finding a link to the entire study.
Stephen Lazar has written an important three-part series on issue:
U.S. vs highest-achieving nations in education by Linda Darling-Hammond appeared in the Washington Post earlier , and makes several good points about issue.
Accountable for What? at Failing Schools
Gen Y Teachers and the Future of the Profession by Barnett Berry
The beatings will continue until teacher morale improves appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and is by Walt Gardner.
The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries is by David Eggers and Nínive Clements Calegari and appeared in The New York Times.
More Time for Teachers Means Better Time for Students is by Barnett Berry.
Learning From Leadership: Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning is from The Wallace Foundation.
What teachers need and reformers ignore: time to collaborate is an important column by Linda Darling-Hammond that appeared in The Washington Post
Why collaboration is vital to creating effective schools is from The Washington Post.
Teacher Turnover Negatively Impacts Student Achievement in Math and English is from The Journal.
Lesson Study is an excellent post at Class Teaching about that well-known form of professional development in Japan.
Teacher Turnover Affects All Students’ Achievement, Study Indicates is from Education Week.
Can’t Wait for Monday is by Rafe Esquith.
Getting Beyond the Blame Game is by James Harvey.
An Open Letter on Teacher Morale is by Dina Strasser.
Five Reasons Teacher Turnover Is on the Rise is from TakePart.
Teacher autonomy and teaching quality: Putting more think into the think tank is by Barnett Berry.
Paul Bruno has written an excellent follow-up to the program we did on BAM! Radio about teacher attrition in high-poverty urban schools.
More Time for Teachers, or for Students? Utah Proposal Raises Debate comes from Ed Week.
Can Professional Environments in Schools Promote Teacher Development? Explaining Heterogeneity in Returns to Teaching Experience is a new Harvard report showing how important working conditions are to teacher effectiveness.
Are Working Conditions Related To Teacher Effectiveness? is another recent study.
Report: As Teacher Demographics Change, Districts Must Prioritize Retention is from Education Week.
Kamenetz & Gallup Nail the Key to School Improvement by John Thompson is a good commentary on a recent Gallup Poll and on a Hechinger Report post analyzing the poll.
Report highlights impact of more time for teacher collaboration is from Ed Source.
Survey: Teachers Worldwide Seek More Opportunities for Collaboration is from Ed Week.
Three Stories Hidden in OECD Survey of U.S. Teachers by Emily Richmond is another story on the same survey.
The Teacher Dropout Crisis is from NPR.
The Problem Isn’t Teacher Recruiting; It’s Retention is from The Journal.
Lessons from a school that scrapped a longer student day and made time for teachers is from The Hechinger Report.
Teachers Can’t Be Effective Without Professional Working Conditions is from Gatsby in LA.
Low Salaries Keep Many Teachers Out Of The Middle Class: Report is from The Huffington Post.
Professionalizing Teaching is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week.
Trust and Obey is a great post by Nancy Flanagan about teacher absences.
Treating Teachers like Professionals is a good infographic.
High-stakes testing, lack of voice driving teachers out is the title of a report on a new study.
The teaching profession gets a makeover is from Marketplace.
5 maps that show the best states for teachers is from The Washington Post.
Why Do Teachers Quit? is from The Atlantic.
Researchers Offer Prescriptions for Retaining Teachers is from Education Week.
A New Focus On Social Capital In School Reform Efforts is from The Shanker Blog.
Teacher Pay Is Poorly Understood is from Ed Week.
Why Teacher Voice Matters is from The American Educator.
Want to Close the Achievement Gap? Close The Teaching Gap is by Linda Darling-Hammond.
A Call to Action for the New Year is by Ellie Herman.
Update On Teacher Turnover In The U.S. is an interesting post from The Shanker Blog.
How We Know Collaboration Works is by Greg Anrig.
Research Says / To Go Fast, Direct. To Go Far, Empower is by Bryan Goodwin. Here’s an extended quote from it:
Which Teachers Will Quit? is from Ed Week.
Developing Workplaces Where Teachers Stay, Improve, And Succeed is from The Shanker Blog.
What teachers really need to stay, improve and succeed appeared in The Washington Post.
QUote Of The Day: The Importance of Teachers
Collaboration Can Be a Colossal Waste of Time is from Peter DeWitt’s blog.
You may have heard about “sick-outs” by Detroit teachers to protest the appalling conditions in their schools. Here are some articles (and photos) about it:
Crumbling, Destitute Schools Threaten Detroit’s Recovery is from The New York Times.
Detroit Teacher ‘Sickouts’ Close Schools Again is from NPR.
Improving Teaching Through Collaboration is from The Shanker Institute.
The Intervention That Works Across Settings With All Children is from The Shanker Institute and is about teacher collaboration (and collaboration with other stakeholders).
Teacher stress linked with higher risk of student suspensions is from Science Daily. I don’t share this as an excuse, just a possible explanation
Additional suggestions are welcome. I’m sure there are some great articles out there that I just don’t know about.
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