Professional development for data-driven improvement

Are qualified teachers always effective teachers?
Are qualified teachers always effective teachers?

Amid a growing consensus that “highly qualified” doesn’t necessarily mean “highly effective,” a movement is under way to reshape how the nation views successful teaching.


Superintendents turn to tech academies to boost skills
Superintendents turn to tech academies to boost skills

As the need for tech-savvy students becomes more pressing, school leaders' technology skills must also keep pace, and superintendents across the nation are enrolling in technology-focused professional development academies to…


NCTAF: Transform teaching through collaboration
NCTAF: Transform teaching through collaboration

According to a new report, 21st-century teaching and learning can only occur if teachers and school staff work together as a collaborative team; simple adjustments to antiquated school policies and…


Survey: Staff development is top ed-tech challenge
Survey: Staff development is top ed-tech challenge

Making sure staff members have the professional development they need to ensure effective 21st-century education is the top challenge facing school district CTOs, according to a recent survey.


Videos highlight successful school reform
Videos highlight successful school reform

To help local leaders with their own school-reform efforts, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has produced a new series of online videos highlighting successful school improvements from districts across…


Duncan: Superintendent prep programs must change
Duncan: Superintendent prep programs must change

States and school systems, with the help of the federal government, must work harder to improve the way superintendents are trained and prepared to lead the nation’s schools, Education Secretary…


Victory in Victorville: A replicable model for school improvement
Victory in Victorville: A replicable model for school improvement

Sixth Street Prep School is a K-6 charter school in the Victor Elementary School District in San Bernardino County, Calif. Linda Mikels became Sixth Street's principal in 2001 and was…


Gates Foundation seeks keys to effective teaching

Ever since Americans sent their children to one-room schoolhouses, parents have known what makes a good school: inspiring, organized, and creative teachers. But researchers haven't been able to quantify what,…


Duncan: Use tech to leverage change

To avoid being caught short when stimulus money runs out, school officials should use the short-term federal funding to upgrade technology and improve the tracking of student data, U.S. Education…


RTI: Not just for special education

Once a concept only well known in special-education circles, Response to Intervention (RTI)--which responds to individual students' needs by taking a data-based approach to instruction--has taken hold in the general…


Forum calls for better data use in education

Speakers at a forum about the use of longitudinal data in education stressed the importance of comprehensive data systems that follow students throughout their educational careers--from kindergarten to college--while also…


Technology key to award-winning district’s excellence

A North Carolina school system has won a prestigious national award for excellence, and its superintendent credits the district's use of technology for such initiatives as distance education, teacher professional…


Technology key to analyzing assessment data

Through the careful application of technology in classroom assessments, schools and teachers can improve instruction for students, and states can develop comprehensive longitudinal data systems to better analyze student performance,…


Teachers: Give us better tech training, support

After more than decade of investment in school technology, educators say they still don't feel adequately prepared to integrate instructional software into their classrooms and aren't getting the technical support…