time for teachers

In a clever, albeit depressing, piece education thought leader Dr. Stephen Fink of the Center for Education Leadership at the University of Washington penned an obituary for the Common Core. He rightly claims that the mainly political opposition to the implementation of what are perceived as federal education standards—even though Common Core was an initiative of the National Governors’ Association—began to doom the effort.

Every so often in the field of education research a study comes along that challenges some basic assumptions about the way that schools and school systems operate. Such is the case of a new report released by TNTP entitled The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development. In setting out to answer a core question in education—do we know how to help teachers improve?—this new piece of research ends up raising serious doubts about how we typically endeavor to improve instruction and raise achievement.

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