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Alison Cotey is a first-year, 5th grade teacher at John Adams Elementary School in Kingsport, Tenn.
—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

04/15 11:01 am | AFT: Senate ESEA Bill Is a 'Strong Foundation' | A first look at the 1.6 million-member union's take on the Senate's draft bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act.

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.

PD Directory

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Testing can make a teacher's already-tough job even more stressful. Lori Branham and Julie Hiltz have some tips for holding it together when testing season comes around.
March 3, 2015 - Teacher
The average combined math and verbal SAT scores of new teachers in New York state schools rose over the last decade, a new study finds.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Teacher Jennifer Aponte reflects on the differences between her brother's life and her own and the ways schools have failed boys of color.
February 27, 2015 - Teacher
Art doesn't have to be limited to art class—teacher Amanda Koonlaba has three artists whose work can be integrated into other subjects, plus the best ways to get started.
February 24, 2015 - Teacher
Teachers often find themselves with too few hours in the day, but Justin Minkel says that there are ways to get the most out of that time.
February 24, 2015 - Teacher
Carrie Bakken, a program coordinator and teacher at the Avalon School in St. Paul, Minn., says that working at a teacher-led school gives her a greater sense of autonomy and opportunity.
February 18, 2015 - Teacher
Some teachers say that blended-learning environments, designed to leverage technology and individualize student instruction, can create new roles for teachers as well.
February 18, 2015 - Teacher
Those championing the movement see it as a necessary structural change to school systems, and one that is capable of being more than a fleeting trend.
February 18, 2015 - Teacher
The Teaching Ambassador Fellows at the U.S. Department of Education have sought to bring teacher leadership to federal policy.
February 18, 2015 - Teacher
A new system in Baltimore rewards teachers based on their accomplishments rather than their seniority or credentials, presenting teachers with new options.
February 18, 2015 - Teacher

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