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History teacher Derrick Sanders, a first-year Teach For America corps member in Dallas, congratulates his students on a job well done.
—Brandon Thibodeaux for Education Week

At 25, Teach For America Enters Period of Change

Among other new initiatives, the famously protective organization has quietly begun devolving more authority to its 52 regions, some of which are pushing the boundaries of the group's model. (January 15, 2016)

Spotlight on Professional Development (2015)

In this Spotlight, learn how districts are using the talents of teachers in meaningful leadership roles and supporting teachers in sharing their expertise.

Spotlight on Persistence and Motivation

In this Spotlight, discover the benefits and challenges of leveraging non-cognitive factors in classrooms, read commentary on fostering student engagement and inspiring lifelong learners, and reconsider common stigmas of student failure.

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Teacher Beat Blog

07/26 04:47 pm | What Did the Teachers' Unions Get Up to at Those OTHER Conventions? | Read highlights from the National Education Association's and the American Federation of Teachers' own conventions earlier this month.

Teaching Ahead Blog

07/12 03:00 pm | The Problem With Complex Writing Prompts | In teaching writing by using increasingly complex, teacher-created prompts we tend to leave students' actual thoughts and voices out of the process, says Ariel Sacks.

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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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The effort by the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, which taps teachers of other subjects, produces more physics teachers a year than any preservice program in the country.
July 28, 2016 – Education Week
Are you better off now than you were eight years ago? For the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the answer to that perennial election question has to be a resounding 'no.'
July 27, 2016 – Education Week
A Stanford University study finds that a one-time intervention to help teachers and students empathize with one another halved the number of suspensions at five California middle schools, and helped build bonds between disengaged students and their schools.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
Affirmative action, teachers' union fees, and deportation relief for undocumented parents of U.S. citizen children were among the top education-related issues in the U.S. Supreme Court's recent term.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
One of the most influential and hotly debated education studies in American history turns 50 this weekend. See what's changed on five key education issues in the decades since James S. Coleman published his landmark report.
July 1, 2016 – Education Week
While teacher absenteeism rates vary widely from state to state, they aren't out of line with other professions, according to an Education Week analysis.
June 27, 2016 – Education Week
Taken from experience, social studies teacher Rod Powell shares what lessons he learned for incorporating politics in the classroom in a way that avoids a sense of indoctrination and includes all voices.
June 24, 2016 – Teacher
ESL teacher Wendi Pillars shares the top takeaways compiled from a student project used to hone language skills, catalyze change, and improve how teachers view ELLs.
June 17, 2016 – Teacher
Teacher Julie Hiltz shares some practices that can be used to build a culture of appreciation, satisfaction, and support among administrators and teachers.
June 10, 2016 – Teacher
An exclusive Education Week Research Center survey shows teachers see themselves as ed-tech risk takers but are still struggling to use digital tools to transform instruction.
June 9, 2016 – Education Week

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