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The Romance Quest of Education Reform: A Discourse Analysis of the Los Angeles Times’ Reports on Value-Added Measurement Teacher Effectiveness

by Rachael Gabriel & Jessica Nina Lester
In the fairytale of US public education reform, the root of all evil has presumably been identified: the dragons of ineffectiveness. In this fairytale, The LA Times, a newspaper team of investigative reporters, hired statisticians, and other columnists have rode in on the back of Value-Added Measurement. In this paper, we present findings from a discourse analysis study examining what we have come to name a policy narrative centered on teacher evaluation and effectiveness. We conducted an analysis of 52 articles published between 2009 and 2011 that were from or related to a series on Value-Added Measurement initially published in 2010 by The LA Times. We sought to understand the ways in which discourse choices worked to construct a certain version of policy issues related to teacher quality, positioning some individuals and even national groups on one side of a polarized debate. We have given particular attention to the ways in which the media discourse functioned to politicize and (over)simplify issues related to educational policy and teacher evaluation.
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Seven Legitimate Apprehensions about Evaluating Teacher Education Programs and Seven “Beyond Excuses” Imperatives

by Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, Joshua Barnett & Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh
In this article, teacher education researchers examine growing concerns about teacher education programs in America, as well as growing concerns about how to evaluate the programs and hold them internally and externally accountable for the quality of the teachers they graduate. Researchers describe a multi-university, statewide initiative that approached this work, and what one college, representing one of the largest teacher education colleges in the nation, did to advance these examinations locally.
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Book Reviews
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The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy 3rd Ed.

by Allan G Johnson
reviewed by Katherine Cumings Mansfield


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Philosophical Dialogue With Children: Essays on Theory and Practice

by David Kennedy & Maughn Gregory
reviewed by Saras Reddy


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Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex

by Kathleen Bogle & Joel Best
reviewed by Rachel Bailey Jones


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Greening Media Education: Bridging Media Literacy with Green Cultural Citizenship

by Antonio López
reviewed by Andrew Bieler


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Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools

by Roger Schank
reviewed by Linda Kroll



Education researcher Dan Berebitsky discusses his co-authored article, An Examination of Teachers’ Perceptions of Principal Support for Change and Teachers’ Collaboration and Communication Around Literacy Instruction in Reading First Schools. Watch and discuss this episode of The Voice on Vialogues.

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Tidings of Comfort and Joy: In an Astonishingly Compassionate Decision, a Bankruptcy Judge Discharged the Student Loans of an Alabama School Teacher Who Acted as Her Own Attorney

by Richard Fossey & Robert C. Cloud
Bankruptcy judges are increasingly willing to rely on compassion and common sense when they decide cases involving honest but unfortunate student-loan debtors who took on mountains of student-loan debt hoping to improve their lives but did not find jobs that paid well enough for them to reasonably make their loan payments.
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Annual Yearbooks for 2015

by Gary Natriello
The editors of the Teachers College Record are pleased to announce the Annual Yearbooks for 2015.


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