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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2015
As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's broader efforts to improve educational opportunities for all students, the "Teachers Know Best" research project seeks to encourage innovation in K-12 education by helping product developers and those who procure resources for teachers better understand teachers' views. The original…
Descriptors: Data, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2015
As part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's efforts to improve educational outcomes for all students, and particularly low-income students and students of color, the foundation seeks to encourage innovation in K-12 education by supporting educators to personalize learning for students. This report renews the understanding about how…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education
Dweck, Carol S.; Walton, Gregory M.; Cohen, Geoffrey L. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014
In a nationwide survey of high school dropouts conducted in 2006, 69 percent said that school had not motivated or inspired them to work hard. The majority of educational reforms have focused on curriculum and pedagogy--what material is taught and how it is taught. However, psychological factors--often called motivational or non-cognitive…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Student Motivation, Academic Persistence
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014
To gain insights into the roadblocks to implementing effective professional development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contracted with the Boston Consulting Group in 2014 to reach more than 1,300 teachers, professional development leaders in district and state education agencies, principals, professional development providers, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Teacher Surveys, National Surveys
Wood, Jess; Joe, Jilliam N.; Cantrell, Steve; Tocci, Cynthia M.; Holtzman, Steven L.; Archer, Jeff – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014
States and districts can use this tool to create their own plans for continual improvement of an observation system, no matter where they are in their implementation. Included are action steps to improve observation rubrics, observer training, observer assessment, and monitoring. A planning process is described to assess current status, determine…
Descriptors: Observation, Classroom Observation Techniques, Trust (Psychology), Training
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
Teachers want to succeed, but they typically lack the conditions for success. Teachers generally work in isolation. They're on their own to adjust practice to better serve students. What guidance they get often is plagued by vague teaching standards, overly numerous and often trivial learning objectives, and testing systems that measure only some…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Feedback (Response), Teacher Evaluation, Measures (Individuals)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
States and districts have launched unprecedented efforts in recent years to build new feedback and evaluation systems that support teacher growth and development. These systems depend on trustworthy information about teaching effectiveness--information that recognizes the complexity of teaching and is trusted by both teachers and administrators.…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Reliability
Kane, Thomas J.; McCaffrey, Daniel F.; Miller, Trey; Staiger, Douglas O. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
To develop, reward, and retain great teachers, school systems first must know how to identify them. The authors designed the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project to test replicable methods for identifying effective teachers. In past reports, the authors described three approaches to measuring different aspects of teaching: student surveys,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Achievement Gains
Ho, Andrew D.; Kane, Thomas J. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
For many teachers, the classroom observation has been the only opportunity to receive direct feedback from another school professional. As such, it is an indispensable part of every teacher evaluation system. Yet it also requires a major time commitment from teachers, principals, and peer observers. To justify the investment of time and resources,…
Descriptors: Observation, Teacher Evaluation, Accuracy, Reliability
Joe, Jilliam N.; Tocci, Cynthia M.; Holtzman, Steven L.; Williams, Jean C. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to provide states and school districts with processes they can use to help ensure high-quality data collection during teacher observations. Educational Testing Service's (ETS's) goal in writing it is to share the knowledge and expertise they gained: (1) from designing and implementing scoring processes for the Measures…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluators, Training
Kane, Thomas J.; Staiger, Douglas O. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2012
There is a growing consensus that teacher evaluation in the United States is fundamentally broken. Few would argue that a system that tells 98 percent of teachers they are "satisfactory" benefits anyone--including teachers. The nation's collective failure to invest in high-quality professional feedback to teachers is inconsistent with…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Achievement Gains, Evaluation Methods, Teaching Methods
Kane, Thomas J.; Staiger, Douglas O. – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2012
Research has long been clear that teachers matter more to student learning than any other in-school factor. Improving the quality of teaching is critical to student success. Yet only recently have many states and districts begun to take seriously the importance of evaluating teacher performance and providing teachers with the feedback they need to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Achievement Gains, Evaluation Methods, Teaching Methods
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2012
Research has long been clear that teachers matter more to student learning than any other in-school factor. Improving the quality of teaching is critical to student success. Yet only recently have many states and districts begun to take seriously the importance of evaluating teacher performance and providing teachers with the feedback they need to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Measures (Individuals)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2012
No one has a bigger stake in teaching effectiveness than students. Nor are there any better experts on how teaching is experienced by its intended beneficiaries. Only recently have many policymakers and practitioners come to recognize that--when asked the right questions, in the right ways--students can be an important source of information on the…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Feedback (Response), Test Validity
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2011
About 80,000 children enter kindergarten in Washington each year, and many lack basic language and behavioral skills--such as knowing letters and colors, following directions, getting along with others, and exhibiting impulse-control. In 2006, based on the recommendation of the Washington Learns Commission, Governor Christine Gregoire created the…
Descriptors: Child Care, Emergent Literacy, Partnerships in Education, Educational Resources
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