News and Views: What makes a great teacher? Plus: Education reform must begin with funding. And: Early Childhood Teachers — Do Qualifications Matter?

January 11, 2010 | Aaron Keating

Three contrasting perspectives on how to ensure America’s schools deliver the best education possible to students:

What Makes A Great Teacher? | The Atlantic | For years, the secrets to great teaching have seemed more like alchemy than science, a mix of motivational mumbo jumbo and misty-eyed tales of inspiration and dedication. But for more than a decade, one organization has been tracking hundreds of thousands of kids, and looking at why some teachers can move them three grade levels ahead in a year and others can’t. Now, as the Obama administration offers states more than $4 billion to identify and cultivate effective teachers, Teach for America is ready to release its data. | More

Education reform must begin with adequate state funding | Seattle Post-Intelligencer | The cost of educating Washington students far exceeds state and federal funding, writes Mary Lindquist, president of the Washington Education Association. Before the state considers moving to a merit-pay system or other measures, the Legislature should amply fund education. | More

Early Childhood Teachers: Do Qualifications Matter? | Disney Family | Student achievement begins with good teaching — and skill and ability gaps begin long before the school bell rings in kindergarten. Georgia — the first state to offer universal pre-kindergarten — wanted to learn how much bang the state was getting for its educational buck. | More

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