Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual'

Twenty years after an article appeared in Teacher Magazine about the state of teacher education at one university, Ellis Hurd and Gary Weilbacher weigh in on where the program and teacher education stand today. (April 22, 2014)

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How to Create a New K-12 Engine

Meeting each child where he or she is in early childhood and increasing out-of-school learning experiences are some of the ways to strengthen our weakened education system and drive K-12 results, writes Paul Reville. (April 21, 2014)

Five Critical Conditions That Encourage School Improvement

To prepare students to be productive, forward-thinking individuals, districts must offer a range of accessible, high-quality, innovative schooling options, writes Heather Zavadsky. (April 18, 2014)

Gifted Ed. Is Crucial, But the Label Isn't

Giving students the educational challenges they are "ready and hungry" for is important, regardless of whether they have been designated as "gifted," five experts in the field write. (April 15, 2014)

For Science Standards, Begin at the Beginning

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OpEducation Blog: Discipline & Equity

This month, in OpEducation, Education Week's Commentary editors asked asked experts from different fields to respond to this prompt: The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education recently issued new guidance on school discipline policies to ensure that suspensions and other disciplinary actions are applied equitably to all students. Do you believe this new guidance was necessary? How will it change practices in schools?" (February 26, 2014)

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Managing Teacher Absences Through Collaboration

Teacher Kimberly Long offers advice on how to prepare a classroom to handle an unforeseen teacher absence. (April 23, 2014)

Interpretive Discussion: A Route Into Textual Interpretation

Professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon extols the virtues of interpretive discussion for enhancing the understanding of curricular material, as opposed to more-restrictive forms of instruction. (April 16, 2014)


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Adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, the Common Core State Standards have provoked opinions and ideas from thought leaders, policymakers, and the educators who have to implement them.Read more. (August 20, 2012)

To recognize the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, Commentary will run an occasional series of perspectives on the federal initiative and its impact on schools and children today.Read more. (March 24, 2014)

Commentary considers teacher education and the best ways to prepare new educators for the classroom. Read more. (June 10, 2013)

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