How do we identify great teachers and help all teachers improve their craft? The best option may be to combine student growth measures, observations of teachers in the classroom, and student surveys.
Large investments of federal money have been flowing to states and districts through Title II to help improve teachers and school leaders. Yet the idea that we know how to help educators improve through professional development may just be a mirage.
Brian Gill studies K–12 education policy, including charter schools, educator effectiveness, and the implementation and impacts of high-stakes testing and other accountability regimes.
Hanley Chiang is an expert in designing rigorous program evaluations in education and has conducted extensive research on measuring and improving teacher and principal effectiveness.
Jeffrey Max focuses on family support and education programs and policies, particularly in the area of teacher quality.