Participants in adult education come from diverse educational and linguistic backgrounds and have a wide range of goals and needs. Despite the important role that adult education can play in students’ outcomes, little is known about the approximately 55,000 teachers providing the instruction that students depend on to achieve their goals. This brief is the first of a series of briefs that explore data on adult education teachers from three states in program year 2010–11.
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29 May 2015
Research shows that the most powerful, in-school influence on learning is the quality of instruction that teachers bring to their students. In the next decade, more than 1.5 million new teachers will be hired for our schools; unfortunately, teacher preparation programs may not be up to the task of delivering the teacher workforce we need. This brief describes elements of an effective start-to-finish look at teacher preparation.
19 May 2015
Student learning objectives (SLOs) have become the preferred measure of student growth in many new systems of teacher evaluation and compensation. This SLO practice brief aims to assist states and districts in the implementation of SLOs by providing practical steps for building a sustainable system of developing and measuring student growth.
18 May 2015
Student learning measures have rapidly become common in teacher evaluation systems across the United States. This report provides an overview of key findings from the nearly 20 studies of SLO measures that have been conducted to date, along with considerations for future research and for practice.
11 May 2015
State Teachers of the Year from across the country joined in a special workshop April 28 at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American Institutes for Research. Working with AIR’s Education Policy Center, the teachers discussed ways to engage policymakers on major education issues. The visit was part of a series of activities honoring State Teachers of the Year, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this video, Shanna Peoples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year, discusses education policy and practice.
6 Jan 2015
Instructional coaching can promote more effective and engaging learning in the classroom. In this video, Kirk Walters, AIR principal researcher and instructional math coach, shows how to support teachers and help students learn critical math skills-and why it’s important to teach students not only how to do mathematical procedures but also to understand the concepts behind them.