• Fundamentals of Teacher Quality

    When it comes to helping kids achieve academically, teachers matter. Policymakers with widely divergent views on education reform agree on this. Research has shown that teaching efficacy is a critical – perhaps even the most important – determinant of a student’s academic achievement.

  • Lindalyn’s Journal

    How do we ensure poor students attain grade level proficiency? Increasingly, policymakers are latching on to class-size reduction as a cure-all, imbuing smaller classes with the power to eradicate intractable achievement gaps.

  • Lindalyn’s Journal

    Henry Brooks Adams, historian and political biographer (and grandson of John Quincy Adams) had this to say about the indelible and enduring impact of teachers: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Well said – and true of both our best and worst teachers.

  • State Tries to Keep Retired Teachers

    DURHAM — State law imposes certain salary restrictions on teachers and state employees who retire and later return to government work. In a budget bill approved in late 1998, the General Assembly made special provision for retired public-school teachers who returned to work. Starting in 1999, some of these teachers…