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Volume 27, Number 3
May/June 2011

Using Research to Predict Great Teachers


Uplift Education, a charter network in Dallas, is using predictive research to identify effective teachers like Daniel Polk (above) more easily.

What if you could spot a top teacher candidate from an e-mail?

It may sound too good to be true, but statistically speaking, it can be surprisingly effective, according to one charter school organization requiring applicants to answer hypothetical e-mails as part of its interviewing process beginning this summer.

The e-mail exercise is just part of a larger effort by Uplift Education of Dallas, Texas to use predictive research to help them identify teachers who are most likely to be effective with students and remain with the organization.

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