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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.


"Couldn't be better timed...exhilarating." -- Sara Mosle - The Atlantic
"Moments of educational theater enliven and illuminate the history." -- Kate Tuttle - Boston Globe
"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
"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
"[S]hould be part of every new teacher's education." -- Michael S. Roth - The Washington Post
"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
"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 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

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