October 1, 2016
August/September 2006

Achievement Issue
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Didn’t recognize us, did you?

For a growing number of students, graduation hinges on one big test.

Bilingual education was the norm for years. But lately, even immigrants are leaning towards immersion.

Interview
Filmmaker David Lynch on the educational benefits of meditation.

Vending machines enter the post-soda era.

School districts get on the energy-saving bus.

Facts and statistics from this issue of Teacher.

Results from our recent online polls on achievement issues.

Teachers recall last term's margins of error.

What makes a successful new-teacher induction program?

This season’s movies include a bumper crop of education and teacher features.

National Web sites offer help getting school supplies.

Tools of the Trade

Combining two seemingly diametric opposites—the love of literature and the love of basketball—Marty Mentzer's Basketball Poets club has managed to raise kids' achievement levels and has become a model for movement-boosted learning.

Eight years ago, a California school district abolished a two-tiered system for academic haves and have-nots and replaced it with one pointing all students toward college. It's paying off.

HBO's highly acclaimed series The Wire has covered both crime and politics in Baltimore. This year, writer-producer and ex-teacher Ed Burns spotlights another monumental challenge: middle school education.

Research
The strongest hints that a student won't finish school aren't visible in the classroom.

Best Practices

Ask the Mentor
A National Teacher of the Year advises beginning teachers.

Book Reviews

Classroom Tech
Many educators find value in essay-grading software.

Distance Learning
Going to high school without ever going anywhere.

Lifestyle
Bunking with fellow teachers could rescue your travel budget.

First Person
What it feels like to get a former student's letter—from prison.

Perspective
A new report's recommendations for improving the teaching profession are encouraging but unrealistic.

Colleagues
Bob Johnson's students know how to make art work.

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