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June 23, 2014 via Thomas Fordham Institute

Ohio’s teacher evaluation system changes midstream

In our last Ohio Gadfly, we analyzed recent changes to Ohio’s Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and suggested ways it could be improved. This guest commentary by Greg Harris, Ohio State Director of StudentsFirst, emphasizes the critical importance of evaluations. Full article

June 4, 2014 via The Columbus Dispatch

House, Senate reach agreement on teacher evaluations

After weeks of clashing over proposed changes to Ohio’s new teacher-evaluation system, the House and Senate reached an agreement yesterday on a bill designed to add flexibility and reduce administrative burdens. Full article

March 9, 2014 via The Blade

To aid education, teacher evaluations a must

In his Feb. 16 Readers’ Forum letter, “Focus on schoolchildren, not teachers,” Toledo Federation of Teachers president Kevin Dalton challenges StudentsFirst’s Ohio’s support of a comprehensive teacher evaluation system linked to student learning. Full article

March 6, 2014 via Governing

States Consider Relaxing Rules About Snow Days

Facing uncommonly severe winter weather, states are moving to give school districts extra days off without facing the loss of funding or other sanctions. Full article

March 5, 2014 via cleveland.com

Closing student achievement gaps still a work in process: Letter to the Editor

All students are capable of achieving their dreams regardless of where they live or their racial identity. As a former teacher and elementary school administrator I learned this firsthand. Full article

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May 20, 2014 posted by Claire Powell

60 years Later – Where are we now?

As we reflect on the historic Brown v. Board of Education desegregation ruling, it’s important to consider our progress towards improving education. As an educator and a baby boomer, our progress on the 60th anniversary of this momentous occasion gives me great pause. Read more

May 9, 2014 posted by Tayler Showalter

Miss Clark Inspires My Work As a Future Educator

As Teacher Appreciation Week continues and I think back on my last sixteen years as a student, there is one teacher in particular who stands out in my mind as someone who deeply impacted my learning in a unique way: Miss Clark, my seventh grade math teacher. Read more

March 6, 2014 posted by LK Williams

The Nobility and Importance of the Teaching Profession

Student-centered education reform dates back to the 60's and beyond. Until recently, however, finding the political will to embrace bold ideas to improve education has been tough. Read more

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