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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)

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging unions' practice of compelling nonmembers to pay service fees.
July 2, 2015 - Education Week
Some plans submitted to the federal government pitch new ideas for how to best share the most-qualified teachers, while others repackage strategies already underway.
June 30, 2015 - Education Week
From her point of view, English language arts teacher Annette Christiansen tells principals what they can do in order to improve next year's learning environment.
June 24, 2015 - Teacher
Waning public support for standards and assessments signals a troubling move toward "education disarmament," writes Christopher T. Cross.
June 24, 2015 - Education Week
As an American educator working in Spain, Anna Cherry found that teaching abroad helped her better understand teaching at home.
June 23, 2015 - Teacher
Justin Minkel says that remaining with the same group of students for more than one year strengthens student-teacher relationships and has a powerful impact on learning.
June 17, 2015 - Teacher
A planned teacher education academy spearheaded by former Teachers College President Arthur E. Levine aims to experiment with some of the most high-profile—and controversial—ideas in higher education delivery.
June 16, 2015 - Education Week
English/language arts teacher Nancy Barile offers 10 pieces of advice on how to relax this summer.
June 16, 2015 - Teacher (Web)
The journey of becoming a better version of your teacher self is all about finding balance, joy, and opportunities to learn and collaborate, says special education teacher Elizabeth Stein.
June 10, 2015 - Teacher (Web)
A mountain of evidence indicates that educators have been painfully slow to use technology to change and improve the ways they teach.
June 10, 2015 - Education Week

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