What Makes a Great Teacher? – The Atlantic (January/February 2010)
by Scott Smith
Parents have always worried about where to send their children to school; but the school, statistically speaking, does not matter as much as which adult stands in front of their children. Teacher quality tends to vary more within schools—even supposedly good schools—than among schools.
Phenomenal article on teacher impact on students. Teach for America appears determined to measure and improve teaching.
I like Teach for America’s process for hiring — outcome based hiring. Of course perseverance in applicants predicted success more than other attributes.