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McClellan, Catherine; Snyder, Rebecca; Woods-Murphy, Maryann; Basset, Katherine – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2018
Great teachers recognize great assessments. As policy and education leaders work to make sure state tests are measuring the problem-solving, writing, and critical-thinking skills students need for success, they should convene and rely on teachers to review test quality and help answer the question: Do the questions on our state test reflect…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Educational Quality, Standardized Tests, Test Items
McClellan, Catherine; Joe, Jilliam; Bassett, Katherine – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2017
This study continues the work that National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) and its partners, Clowder Consulting and Education-Counsel, began with their "Right Trajectory" study (see ED581172), released in 2015, and continued in their "Still the Right Trajectory" study (see ED581173) released in early 2017. In…
Descriptors: Grade 11, Comparative Analysis, Common Core State Standards, Summative Evaluation
Glennie, Elizabeth J.; Rosen, Jeffrey A.; Snyder, Rebecca; Woods-Murphy, Maryann; Bassett, Katherine – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2017
Social and emotional competencies and skills help students succeed in school. In fact, researchers have documented significant academic gains for students who participate in social and emotional learning programs in which they can strengthen their social and emotional skills (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schellinger, 2011). Skills…
Descriptors: Accountability, Emotional Development, Social Development, Student Development
Bassett, Katherine, Ed.; Bigham, Brett, Ed.; Calvert, Laurie, Ed. – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2017
This is the first in a series of booklists drawn from recommendations by State and National Teachers of the Year and Finalists for State Teacher of the Year. This booklist is a resource for educators, parents, community members, and policy makers interested in reaching young people on issues of social justice. The collection of more than 200 books…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Reading Lists, Books, Preschool Education
Bosso, David – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2017
Informed by a qualitative study involving 24 individuals, each of whom has been recognized as a State Teacher of the Year, this report presents an exploration of the phenomena of teacher morale, motivation and perceptions of job satisfaction as related to professional identity and professional growth in the context of educational change. The…
Descriptors: Teacher Morale, Teacher Motivation, Professional Identity, Qualitative Research
McClellan, Catherine; Joe, Jilliam; Bassett, Katherine – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2016
As part of state transitions to college- and career-ready (CCR) standards, including the Common Core State Standards in more than 40 states (NGA & CCSSO, 2010), states are for the first time administering new summative assessments aligned to those standards and aiming for a higher bar in assessment quality. For a majority of states, this means…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Comparative Analysis, Common Core State Standards, Summative Evaluation
Natale, Catherine Fisk; Gaddis, Lynn; Bassett, Katherine; McKnight, Katherine – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2016
The purpose of this report is to describe what the authors learned from studying eight teacher career advancement initiatives implemented across a variety of contexts, including urban, suburban, and rural districts; high poverty and affluent districts; and in schools/districts both with and without strong union presence. They describe key…
Descriptors: Career Development, Urban Schools, Suburban Schools, Rural Schools
McClellan, Catherine; Joe, Jilliam; Bassett, Katherine – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2015
"The Right Trajectory" brings to the forefront an often-overlooked voice in the debate about new state assessments developed in consortia: that of the best teachers in the country. This research suggests, despite challenges still to overcome, that these front-line experts believe that the new consortia tests are an improvement on the…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Common Core State Standards, Summative Evaluation, Grade 5
Colvin, Richard Lee; Bassett, Katherine; Hansen, Jessica; Boffy, Holly Franks; DelColle, Jeanne; Fennell, Maddie; Izzo, Marguerite; Lechleiter-Luke, Leah; Mieliwocki, Rebecca; Minkel, Justin; Pearson, Michelle; Poulos, Christopher; Woods-Murphy, Maryann – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2015
The premise of the white paper is that education policy results are better for students when policies are informed and shaped by highly effective educators who know firsthand what it takes to deliver excellent teaching and learning. Policymakers and educators should share a sense of urgency to work together to provide every child in our country…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Competencies
Bassett, Katherine; Grossman, Tabitha; Allan, Peggy; Allen, Megan; Cook, Stefani; Olney, Jamey – National Network of State Teachers of the Year, 2013
In recent years, there has been a focus on what constitutes effective teaching and how to measure teacher performance. Efforts to more rigorously evaluate teachers, to hold them accountable for student learning, and to help them improve practice have been initiated at the district, state, and federal levels. However, many teachers believe that…
Descriptors: Professional Continuing Education, Participative Decision Making, Teamwork, Partnerships in Education