Black and Hispanic students have lost the most academic ground when school buildings closed because of COVID-19. California Emergent Bilingual Change Agent Jamey Olney saw the effects of this loss firsthand in her students. To counteract the loss, Jamey has brought her students together outside so they could learn.
Mississippi Fellow Alexandra Melnick says she's struggled to stay connected during the pandemic. Her story is perhaps one of millions for people in rural areas.
Many families have been suddenly thrust into the role of homeschooling. What do teachers know that could make it better? Chalkbeat Chicago held a virtual Q&A with five top educators to answer parent questions and hear advice on learning at home.
DFW alum Eric Hale, a recipient of the 2019 National Queen Smith Award for Commitment to Urban Education and 2019 Dallas ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, appears on the Kelly Clarkson show (Feb. 6, 2020.)
How is Illinois' evidence-based funding formula helping to improve equity-focused funding in schools? Learn more in this video produced by Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellows. (Spring 2019)
California Policy Fellowship alumna La'Neá Austin joined Senior National Director of Research and Knowledge Mark Teoh at a Capitol Hill event on Supporting a Well-Prepared and Diverse Teacher Workforce, hosted by the Learning Policy Institute.
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How did a middle school teacher with no political experience get a bill on the floor in Carson City?
That journey began with Teach Plus, which empowered Nevada Policy Fellow Jen Loescher to make an impact outside the classroom.
In a video series, social emotional learning coach for Washington Township Schools, Madeline Mason, is arming teachers with tangible tools they can practice at home.
Teach Plus Policy Playbook
Watch Teach Plus California Teaching Policy Fellowship alumna Lindsey Bird's talk on her advocacy for immigrant and refugee students.
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Successor Principal, KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School
Teach Plus Massachusetts Teaching Policy Fellowship Alumna
3rd grade teacher, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Boston
Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellowship alumna
Teach Plus Teacher Leaders Redefine Professional Learning
When professional learning is job-embedded, teachers can experience it on a regular basis. Boston TLPL Teacher Leader Amanda Hathaway says that this is the best way teachers can learn to implement new strategies that work. "When we work together around these challenges, it impacts student learning and we can engage students more deeply in higher-level content."
When a classroom teacher facilitates professional learning, it is more meaningful for participants. Candace Hines, a Memphis TLPL Teacher Leader, knows that she best learns from observing other teachers. "Observing is so important to me because I want to give them opportunities to practice so that as a group we can analyze what they're doing to make sure it's being done correctly.”
Boston TLPL Teacher Leader Lindsey Horowitz led a three-day, 15-hour workshop for teachers. Taking classes with the same teachers before has allowed her to build strong relationships with a professional learning community. "Not only is it more sustained, it is much more collaborative."
Teachers On Common Core
Watch D.C. Teaching Policy Fellowship alum Shane Donovan's class ride a hovercraft as part of a Common Core physics lesson.
Watch LA Teaching Policy Fellowship alum Pam Chirichigno's class partipate in a Common Core lesson.
Watch LA Teaching Policy Fellowship alum Pam Chirichigno's class particpate in a Common Core lesson.
Teachers on Policy Change
Teach Plus and Boston Compact team up to bring the Boston Educators Collaborative!
Watch this video to see a few of our teachers share their thoughts on teacher preparation.
Watch Los Angeles Teaching Policy Fellowship alumna Bootsie Battle-Holt testify before state education committee on teacher quality legislation.
Watch Teach Plus Board member and Indianapolis Teaching Policy Fellowship alum Emanuel Harper testify before Congress on teacher evaluation.
Teachers on Assessment
Watch these Massachusetts Teaching Policy Fellows discuss why they think PARCC is a better test than MCAS.
Watch Executive Director Lindsay Sobel argue for the adoption of PARCC in Massachusetts.
Watch Chicago Teaching Policy Fellow Sherrise Lucas discuss PARCC and the Common Core.