New Study Sheds Light on Teachers’ Impact Beyond the Classroom

Few topics cause as much debate and concern in education as teacher quality and effectiveness. Do teachers have a strong impact on a student’s performance? Can we measure this impact? How do we identify effective teachers?

Last month, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper by researchers Raj Chetty, John Friedman and Jonah Rockoff that addresses these questions. The paper provides a detailed analysis of the effects teachers in large urban school district on both the test scores and long-term outcomes of their students. (Read the executive summary here or the full paper here). Building on the recent trend toward “value-added” measurements (which measures the average gain among students in a teacher’s classroom against the student’s prior test scores), the study included two major findings:

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Registration Now Open for NYCAEYC Conference!

Registration for the NYC Association for the Education of Young Children (NYCAEYC) 2012 Conference is now open! This year’s conference features keynote speaker Faith  Ringgold, a world-renowned author of children’s literature, and over thirty workshops on a variety of issues in early childhood practice and policy. The conference will take place February 10 and 11, and will open with a reception featuring artwork by the keynote speaker. To register, or for more information, visit NYCAEYC’s Conference page.

“Dine and Discuss:” Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education

Join us November 10th for the Career Development Services Center’s second session of the Dine and Discuss series, a moderated panel discussion that gives students, job-seekers, career-changers, and other professionals who work with young children the chance to network and learn more about different areas of the field. This session will focus on careers in Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education. Register today!

“Dine and Discuss:” Networking events for Early Childhood Professionals

Register today for Dine and Discuss, a new series of career networking events sponsored by The Career Development Services Center (CDSC). Each session will feature a moderated panel discussion with a diverse group of professionals from a different area of early childhood education. We invite everyone- especially students, job seekers, and career changers- to join us for an evening of networking, learning, and dining.

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