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Tracking the Nation's Teacher-Shortage Hot Spots

Teacher shortages have continued in a number of regions, prompting legislative and administrative action. (August 22, 2016)

Spotlight on Personalized Professional Development

In this Spotlight, learn how schools are boosting teacher collaboration through video-based PD, personalized platforms, and professional learning communities.

Spotlight on Growth Mindset

In this Spotlight, read how schools are embracing social-emotional learning, nurturing growth mindsets, and creating classroom opportunities for meaningful struggle.

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Teacher Beat Blog

12/01 05:18 pm | Mass. Commissioner Moves to Keep Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers | The proposal would back off from issuing every teacher a discrete score based solely on students' test scores.

Teaching Ahead Blog

10/20 10:57 am | Moving Beyond a Sink-or-Swim Mentality for New Teachers | Schools need to do more to support new teachers, including focusing on their potential rather than their shortcomings, Rachel Thompson 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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Claire Robertson says that teacher-mentors often make the mistake of charging into a classroom to fix a problem without understanding the context or the teacher's real needs.
March 8, 2016 – Teacher
Teachers Carl Draeger and Daniel Wilson offer advice on enhancing your students’ learning by empowering them to make choices and demonstrate progress.
March 8, 2016 – Teacher
Video resources for teachers are abundant, but they often oversimplify the challenges of classroom practice, argue Jean Moon and Sarah Michaels.
March 2, 2016 – Teacher
Following her honorable discharge, veteran Nicole Smith turned to teaching and found that the values she acquired while serving paralleled many of the demands of her chosen profession.
February 29, 2016 – Teacher
The timing couldn't be more perfect to remind students that black history unfolds before their eyes every day, teacher Gary Hamilton writes.
February 26, 2016 – Teacher
Amid the flurry of "Why I'm Quitting" stories, educators who plan to teach for the rest of their careers need to speak up about why they have made that choice, says Justin Minkel.
February 24, 2016 – Teacher
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Connecticut teachers are learning how to talk more meaningfully—and without controversy—about the role of world religions in history and society.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Nearly a quarter of newly hired teachers will never vest in the state's troubled Teacher Retirement System, and three quarters won't even make back what they pay into the system, according to a new report.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Learn how Lincoln County, Tenn., created a new leadership role to make its teacher-evaluation system supportive and responsive teachers.
February 22, 2016 – Education Week

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