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—Shawn Poynter for Education Week

Dueling Tests, Standards Put Squeeze on
Tenn. Teachers

The pressure is on as educators—especially those new to the classroom—toggle between leftover requirements from Tennessee's retired standards and those imposed by the common core. (April 9, 2015)

Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation

Understand how combined measures can provide a more balanced picture of teacher performance.

Spotlight on Professional Learning Communities

Build teacher-to-teacher collaboration and learn how to start your teacher learning community.

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Teacher Beat Blog

05/04 09:19 am | Gates' Teacher-Prep Grants Will Fund Cooperatives to Scale, Share Practices | The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Teaching Ahead Blog

04/02 09:45 pm | Teachers Aren't Failing Schools, and Other Things People Should Be Hearing | While the national media continues to blather on about the education "crisis" and about "saving our schools," teachers are changing the story bit by bit, ...

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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.

Special Collection

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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Even teachers actively trying to influence policy can be reluctant to call themselves political. Some aren't sure teaching and politics can even coexist.
May 1, 2015 - Teacher
Responding to protests and rioting in Baltimore, Gary Hamilton says that teachers need to give students a space to discuss racism and process their emotions.
April 29, 2015 - Teacher
Spring cleaning isn't just for the classroom, writes Sandy Merz. He says spring is a great time to get everything organized, from your shelves and files to your thoughts and feelings.
April 28, 2015 - Teacher
It's not enough to ask why the teaching profession isn't more diverse, says Christina Berchini. She argues that first, we have to recognize that the education system was created by and for white students and teachers.
April 28, 2015 - Teacher
Schools that are led by teachers can be a great option for teachers and students alike, writes Lori Nazareno. Having helped launch one, she shares her advice for teachers who are interested in making their own schools more teacher-powered.
April 22, 2015 - Teacher
Most of the former educators convicted in a cheating scandal will remain free on bond while they appeal.
April 17, 2015 - Education Week
A bumpy start to a teacher’s career shouldn’t be grounds for cutting him or her from the team, writes Gary Wiener.
April 16, 2015 - Education Week
Teaching is as much an emotional investment as it is a mental one, Melissa Witt writes. But there are ways to work through the exhaustion.
April 15, 2015 - Teacher
Several professional challenges work against teachers, including the lack of autonomy and the absence of downtime, writes Jack Schneider.
April 14, 2015 - Education Week
April 14, 2015 - Education Week

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