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History teacher Derrick Sanders, a first-year Teach For America corps member in Dallas, congratulates his students on a job well done.
—Brandon Thibodeaux for Education Week

At 25, Teach For America Enters Period of Change

Among other new initiatives, the famously protective organization has quietly begun devolving more authority to its 52 regions, some of which are pushing the boundaries of the group's model. (January 15, 2016)

Spotlight on Professional Development (2015)

In this Spotlight, learn how districts are using the talents of teachers in meaningful leadership roles and supporting teachers in sharing their expertise.

Spotlight on Persistence and Motivation

In this Spotlight, discover the benefits and challenges of leveraging non-cognitive factors in classrooms, read commentary on fostering student engagement and inspiring lifelong learners, and reconsider common stigmas of student failure.

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Teacher Beat Blog

07/22 03:49 pm | Illinois Gov. Apologizes for Calling Chicago Teachers 'Illiterate' | Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said that half of Chicago teachers were "illiterate" in a 2011 email, recently released to a city newspaper.

Teaching Ahead Blog

07/12 03:00 pm | The Problem With Complex Writing Prompts | In teaching writing by using increasingly complex, teacher-created prompts we tend to leave students' actual thoughts and voices out of the process, says Ariel Sacks.

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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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Shared responsibility enables students to regulate their behavior, says Sandy Merz, arguing that high-functioning classes are achievable with device integration if managed efficiently
May 6, 2016 – Teacher
Justin Minkel offers a countdown checklist to help teachers manage and make the most of end of the school year.
May 3, 2016 – Teacher
Teacher Julie Hiltz shares some advice on self-advocacy that she's learned on her teacher-leadership journey.
April 29, 2016 – Teacher
The possibility that the budget impasse in Illinois would extend to a second year and shut down school systems has grown stronger in recent weeks.
April 28, 2016 – Education Week
While affirming the constitutionality of California's teacher job-protection laws, the state appeals court decried "deplorable" school-staffing arrangements.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
As ESSA returns autonomy over teacher evaluation to states, Ross Wiener shares insights from state leaders on how to strengthen the process.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
The New Yorker staff writer's new book about 10th grade English classes is enjoyable but fails to offer the whole picture, says Ilana Garon.
April 26, 2016 – Teacher
Indiana has become the latest state to seek to curb persistent teacher shortages by offering college-tuition dollars to students who go into teaching.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
With the 2016 state legislative season nearing its halfway point, testing and related issues fuel legislative debate, as well as tensions between lawmakers and state education officials.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
Teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski offer more tips on classroom-discussion activities designed to help English-learners develop their speaking and active-listening skills.
April 15, 2016 – Teacher

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