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How do we identify great teachers and help all teachers improve their craft? The best option may be to combine student growth measures, observations of teachers in the classroom, and student surveys.

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Large investments of federal money have been flowing to states and districts through Title II to help improve teachers and school leaders. Yet the idea that we know how to help educators improve through professional development may just be a mirage.

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    Jeffrey Max focuses on family support and education programs and policies, particularly in the area of teacher quality.

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    Kevin Booker has expertise using value-added models to examine education issues such as charter schools, school accountability, and teacher incentives and retention.

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    Stephen Lipscomb has expertise in several policy areas, including education, disability, and early childhood.