Resources, March 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 12:00am

A Global Network of Teachers and Their Professional Learning Systems: Recognizing that over the last 20 years researchers have come to near-consensus on the best ways for teachers to hone their practice, this report from the Center for Teaching Quality examines the professional development experiences of seven international educators and offers recommendations for the best ways to improve teaching quality.

Catching Up: Learning From the Best School Systems in East Asia: Four of the world’s five highest-performing school systems are in East Asia, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2009 assessment. This report from the Grattan Institute examines what’s behind their success.

Taught by Finland: American teacher Tim Walker took a job teaching in Finland and blogs about what he’s learning. Offering a unique perspective, Walker shares his insights about Finnish schools—from helicopter parents to bathroom breaks to math tests—and compares the Finnish and American systems with wry, thoughtful humor and insight.

The Decade-Plus Teaching Career: Studies on teacher retention reveal that more than 40 percent of all teachers leave the profession within the first five years, with even higher turnover at high-poverty public schools. This report from Teach Plus looks at ways to retain more teachers for longer by cultivating, listening to, and supporting teacher leaders, and makes recommendations for how school systems can implement new retention practices.

Oppi 2015: A Global Festival for Educators: U.K.-based Oppi is a not-for-profit learning event for educators, parents, and others that is held in a different part of the world every year. Last year, the festival, as organizers bill it, was held in Helsinki; the 2015 event will happen in New York City, with a focus on gender in education (“It Matters!”). A festival with serious aims, the gathering will feature speakers and educators from around the world.

The National Blogging Collaborative: The National Blogging Collaborative is a network of educators from around the U.S. who work with teachers and other educators to develop the skills and confidence to write and publish. Coaches help to focus and flesh out first drafts, edit for language and form, and decide when and how to publish. They’ll also work with teachers who want to teach their students how to create blogs.