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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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09/22 12:32 pm | Report: Financial Aid Programs for Teachers Falling Short | Loan-forgiveness programs for teachers are underused and contain too much red tape, a report contends.

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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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Jessica Cuthbertson describes a week in the life of a "hybrid" teacher.
February 19, 2014 - Teacher
The U.S. Department of Education is developing a 50-state strategy to put teeth into the push for equitable distribution of the nation's best teachers.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
Teachers' unions find themselves navigating a tricky course on the Common Core State Standards amid concerns from some in the rank and file.
February 18, 2014 | Updated: February 25, 2014 - Education Week
February 18, 2014 - Education Week
Visual arts teacher Rachel Losch explores the draft National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, which call for arts educators to work more closely with their colleagues in other disciplines.
February 11, 2014 - Teacher
Ten-year educator Paul Barnwell offers tips for teachers on maintaining perspective and keeping their classroom practices fresh.
February 5, 2014 - Teacher
A General Accountability Office investigation reveals a fractured, confusing, and conflicting system for reporting and tracking incidences of child sexual abuse by school personnel.
February 4, 2014 - Education Week
Which instructional materials fully reflect the new math and literacy standards? Some recently developed tools and processes seek to provide an answer.
February 4, 2014 - Education Week
The pressures and expectations for principals have grown ever higher in recent years, but there are ways to support these school leaders while still encouraging their autonomy, write Duncan Young and Susan Szachowicz.
February 4, 2014 - Education Week
Many classrooms could benefit by making students more responsible for things that teachers are accustomed to doing for them, Principal Tom Bonnell says.
February 4, 2014 - Teacher

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