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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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07/22 04:45 pm | N.Y.C. Union Will Join Tenure Lawsuit as Defendant | The UFT will intervene in a lawsuit tackling New York's due-process and tenure laws.

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06/26 12:50 pm | Shared Power Creates School Success | Teacher-led schools provide students with meaningful learning opportunities while creating great working conditions for teachers, writes charter school teacher Carrie Bakken.

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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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School systems wrestle with how to best deploy their resources and staff as funding comes inching back.
January 3, 2014 - Quality Counts
Buffeted by social and fiscal forces, local educators seek new ways to approach governance.
January 3, 2014 - Quality Counts
Parents still can't find out how many staffers with rap sheets the Boston Public Schools hired this year—even after city education honchos vowed to be more transparent in the wake of startling revelations that dozens of employees had criminal records.
December 23, 2013 - McClatchy-Tribune
NCTQ President Kate Walsh responds to criticism of her organization and lays out the reasoning behind its review of teacher-prep programs and why critics of the review are misguided.
December 12, 2013 - Education Week
December 11, 2013 - Education Week
The new exam, which at least seven states will soon start using, is seen as the teacher education field's response to criticism of university-based preparation programs.
December 2, 2013 - Education Week
John Owens, author of Confessions of a Bad Teacher, talks about his brief, unhappy career in education and what it says about school systems today.
November 19, 2013 - Teacher
Like Teach For America, the fast-growing nonprofit group broadens the pipeline into education by drawing young talent from outside traditional preparation programs.
November 12, 2013 | Updated: November 15, 2013 - Education Week
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
An instructional coach discusses how giving students exit cards can help teachers determine what students know and redirect their instruction accordingly.
November 12, 2013 - Teacher

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