March 29th, 2018 by Beth Gotcher
It’s that time of year where you are either in or close to your spring break, or in the final stretch of the school year. That also means it’s an incredibly busy time of the year, including a variety of state assessments and end of the year events. Responding to the Tennessee Educator Survey may not be high on your priority list - but it should be!
March 27th, 2018 by McKenzie Manning
Having an effective educator for every Tennessee student is one of the most important ways to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education. Teachers are the most important in-school factor for raising student achievement, and their work is vital to preparing students for postsecondary studies and jobs. Making Tennessee the best state for teaching is one of the five priorities in the SCORE report, Excellence For All: How Tennessee Can Lift Our Students To Best In The Nation. Since the report’s release, progress has already been made on several of this priority’s recommendations.
March 27th, 2018 by Salik Sohani
As a recent college graduate, I am continuing to grow my understanding of how I can frame a career around social impact through my current internships with the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and with another nonprofit, Hands4Others. This juncture is incredibly significant as the decisions I make from here will impact my trajectory.
March 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Woodson
At the helm of every great school is a great school leader. Principals set the tone, the culture, and the environment for learning. And, we know that principals are second only to teachers when it comes to raising student achievement. In fact, principals can account for up to a quarter of in-school factors that affect student performance. Strong school leaders help drive faster academic gains for Tennessee students.
March 21st, 2018 by Erin O'Hara
Tennessee Education Research Alliance researchers work closely with Tennessee Department of Education staff to craft questions for the Tennessee Educator Survey that allow for nuance and honesty from educators across a variety of important topics like school climate, educator evaluation, and instructional improvement. We work hard to get each question just right because when we receive honest, nuanced feedback from educators, our answers to key research questions are much more likely to distinguish between what might look successful on the surface and what might actually be successful in practice.