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Professor Nicholas M. Michelli stands outside the Graduate Center City University of New York in midtown Manhattan. Mr. Michelli, who took part in New York's teacher-preparation-review process, believes the state should have intervened more strongly.
—Mark Abrasion for Education Week

N.Y. College's Experience Shows Conflicts Around Ed. School Closures

New York state's decision not to close an education school that had received a searing 2006 accreditation review has left unanswered questions as well as possible lessons. (December 16, 2014)

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12/17 03:25 pm | New Tennessee Chief Has Deep Teacher-Preparation Background | Candice McQueen has won plaudits for her work leading Lipscomb University's teacher-preparation efforts.

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12/19 09:11 am | A Good Teacher Needs to Be Surrounded by Good Teachers | Accomplished educators typically do not want to be the only accomplished educator in the building, Latosha R. Guy writes.

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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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Wendi Pillars offers suggestions to help teachers emerge stronger from burnout experiences.
May 20, 2014 - Teacher
Communication is key to an effective teacher-evaluation process, writes district superintendent Nicholas A. Fischer.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
Although the debate over teacher-evaluation systems is dominated by the use of test scores, a new Brookings Institution analysis finds flaws with the observation component.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
As a number of states begin evaluating teachers' effectiveness based on changes in their students' test scores, academic research is raising more questions about such "value-added" models.
May 13, 2014 - Education Week
On May 6, 2014, National Teacher Appreciation Day, we asked teachers who use the photo-sharing service Instagram to post photos throughout the day capturing moments they saw as representative of their daily lives as educators
May 12, 2014 - Teacher
The plan would increase teacher salaries by 18 percent over nine years, slim the district's teacher-evaluation criteria, and pave the way for a teacher career ladder.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
Sex-education classes are often taught by health teachers who have little training in the subject or how to teach it, say standards developers.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
May 6, 2014 - Education Week