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Advancing the Teaching Profession

Barnett Berry

May 13, 2010

Time for a cleansing breath and a serious look at teaching effectiveness data

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Value-added methodologies are becoming the standard measurement for teacher effectiveness. Yet, how accurate are these measurements? Join one education expert as he questions the validity of value-added data by highlighting the numerous variables that are consistently affecting their results.

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Barnett Berry

August 21, 2009

The future of education begins here

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For the last several months, I’ve noted with a smile that I’m in one of those rare professional seasons when all the pieces seem to be coming together. When I founded the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) nearly 10 years ago, the idea of independent teachers having a central voice in the major debates that [...]

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Barnett Berry

May 26, 2009

How Teacher Education (and Master’s Degrees) Make a Difference for Student Achievement

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I must say I am little weary of policy pundits who say that schools of education and master’s degree programs make no difference in the lives of teachers and the students they serve. Certainly there are some that do not. As Linda Darling-Hammond said in a recent interview, “probably a quarter of the teacher-education enterprise” is of very high quality. Other programs are “pretty good,” she said, “but they could be a lot better if there were incentives and supports to get them there. And there are some that need to be put out of business.”

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