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TNTP, 2024
Multilingual learners (MLs) are the country's fastest-growing student population: One in five students speak a language other than English at home, and 10 percent of the student population across the country is identified for language development services in school. Despite these students' growing presence nationwide, relatively few best practices…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Outcomes of Education
TNTP, 2021
With more students returning to in-person instruction, school systems can begin to shift their focus from surviving the crisis to helping students recover. Above all else, that means accelerating students back to grade level--not by rushing through the curriculum, but by using proven strategies that help students engage with the most critical work…
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Educational Change, COVID-19, Pandemics
TNTP, 2021
Unfortunately, far too many Arkansas students are being taught by teachers who are uncertified in the subject they are teaching. This report analyzes the extent and potential causes of Arkansas' teacher shortage and propose a series of recommendations for state policymakers. Two primary findings about the shortage were identified: (1) Shortages…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Geographic Regions, Minority Group Students
TNTP, 2021
Unfortunately, Arkansas has faced a massive shortage of certified teachers for decades. Statewide, 4 percent of public school teachers are uncertified, with another 3 percent teaching out of field. In many districts, the percentage of uncertified is much higher: as high as 56 percent in the Helena-West Helena School District, and 52 percent in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Geographic Regions, Minority Group Students
TNTP, 2016
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives states new flexibility to deliver on the promise of public education in the way that works best for the communities they serve--especially when it comes to building school accountability systems. These systems are among the most powerful tools at a state chief's disposal to advance ESSA's goals of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
Jacob, Andy; McGovern, Kate – TNTP, 2015
"The Mirage" describes the widely held perception among education leaders that they already know how to help teachers improve, and that they could achieve their goal of great teaching in far more classrooms if they just applied what they knew more widely. However, research suggests that despite enormous and admirable investments of time…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness, Surveys
TNTP, 2012
In "The Irreplaceables," TNTP researchers argued that America's urban schools take a negligent approach to teacher retention, losing too many of their very best teachers--their "Irreplaceables"--and keeping too many of their weakest teachers, year after year. A combination of weak school leadership, poor working conditions and…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership, Urban Schools
Fishman, Shira; Henderson, Whitney; Irish, Jamie; Lyons, Katie; Ross, Leslie – TNTP, 2012
Founded by TNTP, the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is an annual award for the nation's best teachers in high-poverty public schools. The goal is to shine a spotlight on great teaching and amplify the voices of some of the nation's best educators so that others can gain insight into their remarkable classrooms. No more than five…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Learner Engagement, Mathematics Instruction
TNTP, 2012
Successful teachers make successful schools. Yet some schools are better than others at accelerating student learning by developing and keeping great teachers, even compared to schools that serve the same population of students and have access to the same resources. These schools are called "greenhouse schools"--schools with carefully fostered…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, School Culture, School Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness
TNTP, 2012
Discussions of teacher turnover usually focus on "how many" teachers leave schools each year, without regard for their performance in the classroom. This oversimplification masks the real teacher retention crisis: not only a failure to retain enough teachers, but a failure to retain the "right" teachers. This executive summary presents findings of…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Transfer
Jacob, Andy; Vidyarthi, Elizabeth; Carroll, Kathleen – TNTP, 2012
"Irreplaceables" are teachers who are so successful they are nearly impossible to replace, but who too often vanish from schools as the result of neglect and inattention. To identify and better understand the experience of these teachers, the authors started by studying 90,000 teachers across four large, geographically diverse urban school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Persistence
TNTP, 2012
This paper presents five ways principals can keep more irreplaceable teachers. These tips are: (1) Start the school year with great expectations; (2) Recognize excellence publicly and frequently; (3) Treat your irreplaceables like they are irreplaceable; (4) Start having "stay conversations" by Thanksgiving; and (5) Hold the line on good teaching.…
Descriptors: Principals, Urban Schools, School Culture, Institutional Characteristics
TNTP, 2012
There is no shortage of research on the importance of good teaching. For decades, study after study has shown that there are large differences in effectiveness from one teacher to another and that these differences can have a lifelong impact on students. A recent study that tracked 2.5 million students over 20 years determined that those with…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
TNTP, 2012
Experience makes a difference--especially at the beginning of a teacher's career. On average, teachers with some experience are more effective than brand new teachers. Teachers improve the most early in their careers. One study found that "close to half of the teacher achievement returns to experience arise during the first few years of teaching."…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teaching Experience, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Surveys
TNTP, 2011
A vast gulf in academic achievement separates public schools in Washington, D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods from those in its most affluent. Achievement Prep, which serves 4th-8th graders in D.C.'s impoverished 8th Ward, is an outlier. Yet in 2011, 60% of Achievement Prep's "scholars" scored proficient or advanced in reading on the DC-CAS…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Feedback (Response), Neighborhoods, Public Schools
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