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Bill Ferriter

May 2, 2007

Rewarding principals differently...

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One of my former principals was the most remarkable school leader that I've ever met. Early in our time together, he asked me what my future plans were. “Where are you going to be in five years, Bill? Clearly you could do most anything that you wanted to,” he said.

My instant reply was, “That depends on where you’re going to be in five years. I’ll be teaching sixth graders in room 2415 at least until you leave.”

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Bill Ferriter

April 30, 2007

Just another debate....

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One of the teachers that I most admire is a woman named Mary who works with some of the highest needs students in one of the poorest counties in her state. She is at once passionate and intelligent, understanding the complexities of issues that other teachers rarely work to tackle. More importantly, Mary is an outspoken advocate on what it takes to help restructure schools in high needs communities.

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Renee Moore

April 11, 2007

High needs schools need high quality teachers

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Over the past year, I've had the privilege of working with an incredible national team of accomplished teachers on a first-of-its-kind report, released today, titled "Performance-Pay for Teachers: Designing a System that Students Deserve." The members of our TeacherSolutions team have taught every kind of student, in every kind of school. We are not beholden to any organization or association—our goal has been to bring the unique insights of successful teachers to one of the nation's most contentious education policy debates.

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Renee Moore

March 9, 2007

Value added or multiplied?

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Soon, our first TeacherSolutions group here at TLN will release a report on our study of performance pay for teachers. We looked at the history of this issue, the many failures along the way, the objections, the rationales, and most important, the benefits (if any) for students and teachers. One reason the performance- or merit-pay issue has been revived recently is the proliferation of standardized testing in K-12.

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