How the coronavirus crisis can improve teacher quality

The rising unemployment rate due to the Covid-19 pandemic can improve the quality of teachers. That is the conclusion we draw from our study of more than 30,000 teachers and their students in Florida. This group included teachers who entered the profession between 1969 and 2009, a period that spanned six recessions. Our research examines …

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Change school priorities in challenging times

Planning ahead to meet the professional learning needs of staff to improve the effectiveness of teaching at your school is an important aspect of a school principal’s job. But what happens when events overtake these plans? At St. John’s Catholic Parish Primary School in northeast Melbourne, the focus is on wellbeing and resilience in the …

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How to Reduce Racial Bias in Grading

Schools and policymakers are mandating new anti-bias training for teachers in an attempt to improve racial attitudes. Decades of research have shown that teachers often give racially biased evaluations of student work and that biased evaluations can affect students’ future learning and course-taking decisions. However, less is known about what school leaders can do to …

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Segregation and Racial Gaps in Special Education

Racial segregation in U.S. schools has been illegal since the 1950s, but school enrollments remain stubbornly separate. About 70 percent of all Black students attend schools where more than half of students are non-white. By contrast, just 13 percent of white students attend predominately non-white schools. Such disparate enrollments mirror longstanding differences across racial groups …

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An argument for professional friendliness in teaching

There are many ways to teach. However, one aspect that we need to speak openly about is the importance of kindness. A teacher can be effective, efficient, inclusive, and strategic. Still, learners suffer if they don’t deal with these things professionally. To illustrate, a fictional (but well-known) story: Sarah has always had problems with math. …

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School Choice and “The Truly Disadvantaged”

How can we improve academic achievement and college attainment for disadvantaged students? To address this question, education researchers typically assess the impact of various interventions on all students whose family income falls under the limit for free or reduced-price school lunch—a broad category that fails to account for the effects of ethnicity and class in …

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Excellent progress for every student

After a pandemic break in 2020 Research conference is back. The theme for 2021, hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), is “Excellent Progress For Every Student: What Will It Take?” The fully online event runs from August 16-20 and features international researchers from various disciplines. In today’s Q&A, the conference organizer and …

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