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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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09/29 04:59 pm | NEA Sues New Mexico Schools Chief Over Teacher Evaluations | New Mexico is the latest state to face legal action over its teacher-evaluation plan.

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09/12 12:21 pm | With Common Standards, Focus on Excellence, Not Negativity | By maintaining a focus on excellence, schools and teachers can navigate the negative publicity associated with the common core, Anitra Butler says.

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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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School demographics in the United States are changing rapidly, and classrooms need to reflect the shift, write Jacob Murray and Jackie Jenkins-Scott.
September 9, 2014 - Education Week
In tough times, kindness—both in and out of the classroom—is crucial to student success, writes high school teacher Adam Sherman.
September 9, 2014 - Teacher
Unions haven't made much headway organizing teachers in charter schools, but in California and some other states, they are gaining ground.
September 5, 2014 - Education Week
Michael Brown's shooting by a police officer has added new concerns for students in the Missouri district where the teen finished high school, writes Normandy, Mo., teacher Inda Schaenen.
September 4, 2014 - Education Week
Teacher Wendi Pillars says educators should take stock of how they've progressed in their teaching careers, in order to figure out where they're going.
September 3, 2014 - Teacher
High school math teacher William Eger argues that there's too much randomness in classrooms for teachers to be evaluated statistically like baseball players.
August 27, 2014 - Teacher
Baltimore teachers can advance up the pay ladder by collecting achievement units, or by completing specific, peer-reviewed projects.
August 26, 2014 - Education Week
August 26, 2014 - Education Week
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

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