The new Gates work out today is a big deal. There are two conversations in education right now about teachers. One is not especially serious and revolves around a set of unprovable accusations – people hate teachers, want to blame them for school failure, etc… and is basically a lot of noise from people who either don’t know or should know better. The other one is quieter but also a lot more important. It’s about how to move the field forward to better select, support, and evaluate teachers. Not because teachers can transform education alone – they system matters — but rather because even though other things matter teachers are pretty damn important. The Gates work is an early entrant in that second sweepstakes. A lot more to do and learn there but there is a lot riding on that second conversation. Disc – Gates funding helps support BW’s work.