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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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10/24 02:51 pm | Charter With High Teacher Salaries Improved Achievement, Study Finds | A charter school that pays teachers more and offers weekly professional development posted big gains after four years, despite a rocky start, according to new research.

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10/22 11:01 am | Cast Out the Consultants and Give Teachers More Input | If we want great teachers to continue to be in the classroom and shape school and curriculum decisions, then the district must equip them to take the lead from the classroom, ...

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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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To liven up her 6th grade social studies class, Karla Duff turned to the undead, and to project-based learning.
October 22, 2014 - Teacher
Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career, with data showing that enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have been declining.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
Education technology advocates, philanthropies, and others are trying to create a clearer definition of what qualifies as "personalized learning," one of the most popular terms in education today.
October 20, 2014 - Education Week
English teacher Ariel Sacks offers practical tips on making classroom partnerships between general and special educators work.
October 15, 2014 - Teacher (Web)
In Mark T. Kissling's first year of teaching, it takes an embarrassing moment in the classroom for him to realize the importance of lightening up and not taking things too seriously.
October 14, 2014 - Teacher
The Educational Testing Service, with the help of a nonprofit specializing in teacher practice, is planning to release a new assessment capable of measuring teacher-candidates' ability to execute key aspects of instruction.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
History teacher Bill Tolley offers tips on adapting to learning environments that combine face-to-face instruction with self-directed online experiences.
October 8, 2014 - Teacher (Web)
New York's due process procedures for teachers are dominated by a focus on teacher rehabilitation, with the end result that even abusive teachers are often fined or suspended rather than fired, according to a newly released analysis.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
School funding, class size, and governance are among the issues facing voters on various education-focused state initiatives, referendums, and amendments.
October 7, 2014 - Education Week
How can veteran teachers help their newer colleagues succeed? Kimberly Long discusses the importance of a good teacher mentor and gives some advice to teachers trying to become mentors.
September 30, 2014 - Teacher (Web)

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