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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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  • Philip Gleason
    Senior Fellow; Associate Director of Human Services Research

    Philip Gleason is an expert in evaluation design with extensive experience directing studies of education initiatives and federal nutrition programs.

  • Alexandra Resch
    Senior Researcher

    Alexandra Resch's research interests lie in teacher evaluation, value-added methods, and program impact evaluation methodology.

  • Kristin Hallgren
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    Kristin Hallgren specializes in conducting in-depth, qualitative research on educational interventions. She also has expertise in evaluating school turnaround, teacher supports, and data-driven decision making strategies in education.