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Reflecting on their fast-changing profession, members of the Teacher Leaders Network share their thoughts on the most important lessons they learned about teaching this year.

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New organizations are jousting with teacher groups for influence on policy issues. (Education Week)
Although enrollment continues to grow each year in full-time online schools, more research is needed about the effectiveness of such schools, says a report from the National School Boards Association. (Education Week)
Teaching students how to understand complex texts is critical to their cognitive development, writes Anthony Palumbo. (Education Week)
Teachers should be involved in the design of the data systems they will use, Brad Phillips and Jay Pfeiffer write. (Education Week)
New guidelines from education, religious, and First Amendment groups are warning schools to be mindful of students' free-speech rights as they step up anti-bullying efforts. (Education Week)
Teacher Beat
Republican Presidential presumptive nominee Mitt Romney's first major education policy stump speech was heavy on criticism of teachers' unions, but light on the details of how he'd revamp federal teacher-quality spending.

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Education Week Teacher Book Club
Teaching 'Other People's Children'

Our online discussion with Lisa Delpit, author of "Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People's Children, ran May 16-18. Browse the discussion about her new book and how educators can help improve learning for African-American students.

For more information on the book, see our Book Backgrounder. You can purchase the book here.

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PD Webinar
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Assuring success for all learners is an imperative that can be achieved if you build a resourceful and confident school culture. Alan M. Blankstein, renowned education author and speaker, will identify concrete strategies for creating that culture, including how to put into place goal-oriented collaborative teams, develop comprehensive prevention and intervention systems, and use effective methods to evaluate student work.

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Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable
What Does Effective Professional Learning Mean to Today’s Teachers?

Our teacher-panelists continue their reflections on the factors that contribute to effective professional development, examining the growing impulse on the part of educators themselves to create "their own best professional learning experiences."

Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo
Larry Ferlazzo invites an education expert to explain why he thinks Ontario's schools are performing so well.
Teacher in a Strange Land
Nancy Flanagan says that we need more accomplished and experienced eductators to step up and say, "Listen to me. I have confidence. I am a valuable resource."
Living in Dialogue
Guest blogger John Thompson says that accountability hawks have yet to learn that schooling is a people business and that trusting relationships are essential improvement.
Leading From the Classroom
Patrick Ledesma discusses a new report on emerging classroom technologies, trends, and challenges.
Charting My Own Course
Guest blogger and Chicago teacher Faren D'Abell reflects on the death of one of his former students.
Coach G's Teaching Tips
David Ginsburg explains his card-based approach to helping students take notes more effectively.
Learning Forward's PD Watch
Solutions for how to overcome resistance to change are as universal as the problem itself, says LF's Carol Francois.

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