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Professional Support for Principals Is Essential for Strong Teacher-Evaluation Systems

New data show that 95 percent of principals believe they have a major influence on teacher evaluation, yet they do not receive the professional support they need to take on new responsibilities related to teacher evaluation.

By Jenny DeMonte and Kaitlin Pennington | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Access to Effective Teaching is the New Measure of Equity

middle school girl commentsThe ruling in Vergara v. California sparks strong reactions on both sides of the issue, but all can agree that great teaching matters.

By Jenny DeMonte and Kaitlin Pennington | Friday, June 27, 2014

How State Takeover School Districts Shake Up Teacher Professional Development

Norman Smith teaches language arts to students at a Louisiana Recovery School District high school in New Orleans article icon Issue Brief Lessons learned from state takeover districts’ innovation in the area of teacher professional development could influence professional-development spending and practices in districts throughout the United States.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Thursday, June 5, 2014

ESEA Waivers and Teacher-Evaluation Plans

Teacher book_alt2 icon Report According to ESEA waivers, many states allow school districts’ discretion in the design and implementation of teacher-evaluation systems. State departments of education are new approaches to hold districts accountable for their evaluation plans.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Teachers Stay in the Profession During Obama-Era Policies

A large majority of new teachers have stayed in their profession during a period of dramatic education reforms that critics claimed would drive them away.

By Kaitlin Pennington and Robert Hanna | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ensuring Title II, Part A Funds Are Used for Student-Achievement Gains

Student achievementThe way that funds from Title II, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act are currently used needs to change substantially.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Friday, July 26, 2013

The Teachers-as-Policy-Analysts Yearbook

cursor icon Interactive A number of grassroots organizations and fellowships have recently emerged in locations across the United States with the goal of giving teachers a stronger voice in the policies that affect their daily work in the classroom.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Teachers Talk Policy

play_alt icon Video This video features teachers from across the United States who are members of new teacher-voice organizations and fellowships—groups whose missions involve getting more teachers’ voices heard in education-policy discussions.

By Kaitlin Pennington and Lauren Santa Cruz | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Organizations, New Voices

book_alt2 icon Report As education policies have evolved and recent policy initiatives have worked to expose the organizational and structural barriers to improving teaching, teacher voice in policy is perhaps more relevant and important than ever before.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sequestration Threatens to Further Exacerbate Educational Disparities in America

President Barack ObamaCongress must act before the March 1 deadline so that our most disadvantaged children do not lose access to vital education programs and services that are already inequitable at current funding levels.

By Juliana Herman and Kaitlin Pennington | Friday, February 22, 2013

New Book Examining Elite Public Schools Raises Equity Versus Excellence Concerns

Christine MillerStudents across the board are better served in an education system that seeks both excellence and equity.

By Kaitlin Pennington and Cynthia G. Brown | Friday, October 5, 2012

Kaitlin Pennington

Kaitlin Pennington is a Policy Analyst on the Education Policy team at American Progress. Her work focuses on human capital issues, specifically around teacher and principal effectiveness. Prior to joining American Progress, Kaitlin worked as a policy analyst at the education policy nonprofit Colorado Succeeds. Before that, she worked in the Office of Colorado Sen. […]

Tuesday, August 7, 2012