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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.

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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.

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  • Christine Ross
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    Christine Ross has expertise in designing and conducting rigorous evaluations of program impacts and descriptive, policy-focused studies in the areas of early childhood education, K–12 education, and child welfare policies and programs.

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    Mary Grider is an expert in the development of comprehensive data systems to support education research, programs, and policies.

  • Kevin Booker
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    Kevin Booker has expertise using value-added models to examine education issues such as charter schools, school accountability, and teacher incentives and retention.