The following is a list of recent resources for those focused on the professional improvement of teachers, principals, and other educational leaders.
New U of I Initiative Will Train Computer Science Teachers The five-year program is aimed at addressing a shortage of high school computer science teachers in Illinois and nationwide. Undergraduate students will be recruited to enroll in the program. The university also is developing summer institutes where current teachers can receive credit. (Associated Press)
Progress, Policy, and Protests: Teacher Evaluation Laws Evolving Faster Than Underlying Research That Proves Their Worth, Experts Say In the two years that followed ESSA’s enactment, some 150 teacher evaluation bills were introduced in state legislatures, Stephanie Aragon, a policy analyst with Education Commission of the States, said at the gathering. The bulk of lawmakers’ efforts have concentrated on the use of student assessment data in the evaluations, according to Aragon. (The 74)
Principal: What success looks like School leaders should avoid focusing on test scores and instead concentrate on helping students and teachers succeed, asserts Matthew Howell, a middle-school principal. In this blog post, he shares why it’s important to “let go of outcomes.” (Edutopia online)