Top of the Class Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   This month we look at high-performing education systems which are also notable for their performance on specific measures of equity. In 2015, nearly half of all socio-economically disadvantaged students in Singapore and Japan performed at the...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   This month we look at high-performing education systems which are also notable for their performance on specific measures of equity. Estonia has an exceptionally low rate of students who perform poorly on all three subjects tested...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   This month we look at high-performing education systems which are also notable for their performance on specific measures of equity. Hong Kong performs well on multiple measures of equity, particularly when it comes to reducing the...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw This month we look at high-performing education systems which are also notable for their performance on specific measures of equity. Canada is one of the few countries where immigrant children achieve at a level similar to...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Bob Rothman Building systems that can produce levels of achievement found in top-performing countries will require policy changes at the state and federal levels. But there is much districts can do—even in states where the policy environment is...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the third of a series of conversations on critical topics in education and innovation, Anthony Mackay sits down with Maureen McLaughlin, senior advisor to the secretary of education and director of international affairs at the U.S. Department of...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   Read more about the impact of a professional work environment which includes time for collaboration and teacher feedback in CIEB’s Empowered Educators: Teacher Appraisal and Feedback brief. And for more on Japan’s teaching force, see the Teacher and Principal...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw High-performing education systems like Ontario, Canada understand that teachers are not fully prepared for all they will encounter on Day One, and that teacher burnout in the first several years is a major risk factor when...

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Finland Teacher Preparation
While Finland's highly intellectual and deeply clinical preparation for teachers is a notable example, many top performing education systems have much higher standards for preparing teachers than are found in US programs. What would the U.S. teaching force look like if we required this kind of preparation of our prospective teachers? Read more in the "Preparing Profession Ready Teachers" policy brief, from CIEB's Empowered Educators study.