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Building a Better Teacher

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Elizabeth Green is cofounder, CEO, and editor in chief of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit education news organization. A former Spencer Fellow at the Columbia School of Journalism, she has written for New York Times Magazine and other publications.


"Elizabeth Green reveals, in cinematic detail, what makes great teaching such a dazzling intellectual challenge-and why it has taken us so unforgivably long to care. A must-read book for every American teacher and taxpayer." -- Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World "We romanticize teachers, and we vilify them, but we don't do much to help. This beautifully written, defiantly hopeful book points the way to a better future for American teachers and the children they teach." -- Paul Tough, best-selling author of How Children Succeed "Elizabeth Green draws upon years of interviews and research as an education writer and CEO of Chalkbeat to make the case for why teaching is a craft and that it can be taught to anyone. Her excellent book should be read for a detailed account of the history of teacher education, an international context, and an entertaining narrative." -- Jonathan Wai - Psychology Today "[S]hould be part of every new teacher's education." -- Michael S. Roth - The Washington Post "Green has spent years looking at what makes a great teacher-and whether the teachers we remember most fondly were born great or simply learned key skills." -- Greg Toppo - USA Today "Both a history of the research on effective teaching as well as a consideration of how that research might best be implemented. What emerges is the gaping chasm between what the best teachers do and how we go about evaluating what they've done." -- Sebastian Stockman - New York Times Book Review "Moments of educational theater enliven and illuminate the history." -- Kate Tuttle - Boston Globe "Couldn't be better timed...exhilarating." -- Sara Mosle - The Atlantic

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