CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.
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In the News: CPS teachers tailoring lesson plans
Under their new contract, CPS teachers have more flexibility in writing their lesson plans, but the Chicago Teachers Union said some schools are asking teachers to fill out extra forms with their plans. (Sun-Times)
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said last week that she will lobby to stop the extension of a deadline to announce local school closings. (WBEZ)
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Los Angeles teachers are finding value in the new evaluation system as it rolls out, but administrators doing the reviews complain about how time-consuming they are. (Los Angeles Times)
A new study has found that inexperienced teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are disproportionately more likely to be assigned to lower-performing math students, perpetuating the achievement gap. (Los Angeles Times)
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