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Members show interest in Measures of Effective Teaching study

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Eligibility requirements

• Principals must agree to participate.

• At least six teachers in the same building must agree to participate.

• Participating teachers must teach the following grades/subjects:

ELA — Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; or

Math — Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and integrated Algebra (Grade 9); or

Living Environment — Grade 9.

Collaborative team teachers may be considered if there are three CTT classes on a grade level.

Nearly 50 schools have expressed interest in participating in the Measures of Effective Teaching Project, with more expected to come on board.

This independent research study, supported by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has as its goal the development of fair and reliable measures of effective teaching rather than relying on a single, snapshot measure.

UFT representatives, Teacher Center specialists and educational liaisons are visiting all these schools to respond to questions about the project and help teachers sign up using a simple online application.

Teachers in schools that have not already done so can click on Measures of Effective Teaching under Resources for UFT Members on the home page of the UFT Web site.

Participation is completely voluntary and participants will receive a $1,500 stipend. [See box for eligibility requirements.]

Researchers will work in partnership with the UFT and the Department of Education to collect data over the next two school years from a variety of sources: teachers, students and videotaped classroom observations.

Speaking about the project, UFT President Michael Mulgrew remarked, “Educators know all too well that one-dimensional indicators such as test scores can’t begin to capture the complexities of effective teaching and learning. This study promises to look at the bigger picture, and we view it as an important opportunity to be proactive about our profession.”

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