Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network

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The Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network (BTEN) brings together leaders in education practice, policy, and research to improve the development and retention of effective teachers in our nation’s schools. Working with school districts, BTEN focuses on the needs of new teachers in urban schools as they learn to teach students well, collaborate with colleagues, engage families, and successfully navigate the policies and routines of their districts and schools. BTEN is also working to improve the district systems and processes that support new teacher development.

The work is advanced through a teacher-centered approach; rapid, small-scale testing; and spreading changes in tandem with evidence of improvement.

BTEN is a partnership of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Carnegie Foundation. BTEN is supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

RESOURCES

Developing an Effective Teacher Feedback System
90-Day Cycle Report
Spring 2014
Report prepared by Sandra Park, Sola Takahashi, and Taylor White.
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