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President Obama and 2014 National Teacher of the Year finalists applaud Sean McComb, second from right, a high school English teacher from Maryland, as the 2014 National Teacher of the Year during an event at the White House.
—Susan Walsh/AP

Obama Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Teachers and Testing

The president may have a view of teaching that involves more than test results, but his administration's policies have arguably failed to focus much attention beyond that aspect. (May 6, 2014)

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08/19 12:50 pm | Survey: Teachers Are Knowledgeable About Common Core, But Wary | Teacher support for the common standards has dropped precipitously, even though they're among the best informed about the expectations.

Teaching Ahead Blog

06/26 12:50 pm | Shared Power Creates School Success | Teacher-led schools provide students with meaningful learning opportunities while creating great working conditions for teachers, writes charter school teacher Carrie Bakken.

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When Teacher's Out: Building a Professional Substitute-Teaching Force
In this webinar, our guests discuss the role of the substitute teacher, the implications of teacher absences, and how school districts can improve the quality of substitute teachers.

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Commentary Collection: Perspectives on TFA in its 20th Year
In its two decades, Teach For America has dispatched more than 20,000 young teachers to work in some of America's poorest schools and communities.

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Bright, social justice-oriented students should not be cavalierly dismissing teaching as an option, writes Margaret Healy.
August 20, 2014 - Teacher
Despite increased professional development for teaching to the new standards, about half of teachers surveyed do not feel the preparation has been adequate.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
A new organization billing itself as a "Consumer Reports for school materials" will soon begin posting online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to align with the common-core standards.
August 15, 2014 - Education Week
With so many options for professional development, conference organizers are trying new ways to engage educators and make their events stand out.
August 13, 2014 - Teacher
The new budget gives teachers an average increase of 7 percent in the coming year, but radically revamps the existing salary schedule in a way some veterans don’t like.
August 13, 2014 - Education Week
Debate should be an important part of curriculum across the education spectrum, writes Paul Deards.
August 12, 2014 - Education Week
Even though states and districts are choking on data, Bernard Fryshman writes, there's still very little understanding of what constitutes great teaching.
August 11, 2014 - Teacher
States must tell the Education Department by April how they'll make sure poor and minority students aren't taught by unqualified teachers at a higher rate than other students.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
Teacher Brett Bohstedt says that new teachers will quickly learn that nearly anything can happen. He offers suggestions for adapting to life in the classroom.
August 5, 2014 - Teacher
Rather than stall progress, the NEA and the AFT should help schools transition from relics of the past to institutions of the future, writes Leslie C. Francis.
July 30, 2014 - Education Week

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