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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.
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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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10/23 06:27 pm | Study Questions 'Backloading' of Teacher Compensation | A paper found that teachers were willing to trade only 20 cents or less of current compensation for each dollar of additional pension wealth.

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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
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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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September 30, 2014 - Education Week
September 23, 2014 - Education Week
We need to change the system so that some in K-12 can truly innovate, while others stick to tradition but improve incrementally, Ted Kolderie says.
September 22, 2014 - Education Week
Elizabeth Stein examines the benefits of a growth mindset, and suggests ways teachers can encourage it in students.
September 17, 2014 - Teacher
By systematically implementing, testing, tweaking, and expanding a new support program for novice teachers, Austin educators are aiming to apply research for an immediate impact on the classroom.
September 16, 2014 - Education Week
Madison County, Wis., school officials face allegations that two recent contracts violate the state's controversial law that restricts public employees' bargaining rights.
September 16, 2014 - Education Week
Teachers have options for managing the pressures of national and local testing demands, write K-12 educators Sherah Betts Carr and Anaya Bryson.
September 16, 2014 - Education Week
Rancorous debate between those who view themselves as school reformers and teachers and their unions needs to give way to constructive conversation and K-12 policy progress, Patrick Riccards says.
September 15, 2014 - Education Week
Teach For All, a network in 34 countries, is focusing a new, two-year fellowship on students with what it terms "learning differences."
September 9, 2014 - Education Week
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

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