"Examining Teacher Preparation...A View from the Classroom". Recent Teaching Policy Fellow alum, Erin Lane, discusses her thoughts on teacher prep. 

"No Need to fear Common Core". Recent Teaching Policy Fellow alum, Colleen Considine, shares how teaching Common Core has changed her classroom. 

"Measuring School Quality: A Perspective from Boston Teachers"
. Teaching Policy Fellows share their recommendations for Boston Public Schools' measures of school quality.  

National News



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The NEA encourages its members to use Assessment Advisor to rate the assessments they’ve used in their classrooms! 4,000 teachers in 40 states have checked out the site so far. Have you?

Read the NEA Today article.

Survey: Today’s teaching force is less experienced, more open to change
By Jackie Mader
Hechinger Report, October 23, 2012

Teacher-Leader Corps Helps Turn Around Schools
By Stephen Sawchuck
Education Week, April 20, 2011

New Teachers are the New Majority 
By Celine Coggins & Heather Peske
Education Week, January 19, 2011

Lesson Plan in Boston Schools: Don’t Go It Alone
By Mike Winerip
New York Times, August 8, 2010


T3 Boston

The T3 Initiative is an innovative program to recruit, develop, and support effective, experienced teachers to serve in high-need schools.  This program was designed by teachers to address the problem of inequitable access to effective teachers.  T3 teacher leaders have the opportunity to work with a team of effective teachers who are high performing and dedicated to working collaboratively to lead school turnaround efforts.  The T3 teams are trained in strategies that have been used by other high effective teacher teams.  They are part of a broader strategy that supports effective teaching and they can take on leadership roles without leaving the classroom.  Founded in Boston in 2010, T3 now has partner schools in Boston, Holyoke, MA, Indianapolis and Washington, DC.

In 2014-2015 school year, T3 will continue its partnership with the Mattahunt Elementary School, Sarah Greenwood School and Umana Academy. T3 will launch new partnerships with the John Winthrop Elementary School and William E. Channing Elementary School.*

As of the 2014-2015 school year, T3 will partner with Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, MA.
*Partnership with these schools is pending state grant funding.
The T3 Initiative Offers:

A Cohort Model of Staffing. T3 teacher leaders work together as teams of high-performing educators in low-performing schools. The T3 cohort comprises 20-25% of the school faculty. The cohort receives training together and time for collaboration throughout the year. T3 teacher leaders serve in a variety of leadership roles that facilitate and support the work of all teachers in the school to significantly increase student achievement.

A Broader Turnaround Strategy that Supports Effective Teaching. T3 partner schools are committed to supporting teachers in playing a central role in a comprehensive plan to dramatically improve the culture and outcomes of the school.  T3 partner schools have:

  • A strong, experienced principal who supports and empowers teachers and who values teacher leadership;

  • Wrap-around services for students to help teachers address their students’ social, emotional, and health needs and provide support for parent and community outreach;

  • Ongoing training and professional development that begins with an intensive, team-based summer institute;

  • Resources for improving instruction such as regular data on student progress and expert coaching.

Differentiated Pay. T3 teacher leaders are compensated for the additional time to complete their training and leadership responsibilities beyond their own classroom duties. 


A Partnership Between:

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