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Dueling Tests, Standards Put Squeeze on
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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)

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05/22 11:07 am | Houston Leaders Propose Slashing Bonus-Pay Program for Teachers | Houston may redirect funding from its $14 million merit-pay program into regular salary increases.

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05/21 11:08 pm | Teachers Have No Voice or Choice in Testing, So Why Would They Support It? | Public school educators have knowledge and expertise that should be welcomed into policy debates, says Deb McCarthy, and that means the teaching profession benefits from the ...

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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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A great teacher, says Jessica Cuthbertson, steps outside the classroom to share teacher-driven success stories with the public. Cuthbertson says there are opportunities for all teachers to become ambassadors for their profession.
November 25, 2014 - Teacher
Over the past three years, the state has invested heavily in common-core training for teachers, but has recently signaled a weaker commitment to the standards amid rising opposition.
November 25, 2014 - Education Week
New guidance offers leeway as states craft ways to ensure disadvantaged students have access to as many highly qualified teachers as other students.
November 24, 2014 - Education Week
A battery of new licensing tests in New York has led to relatively low passing rates for prospective teachers, according to data issued this week by the state education department.
November 21, 2014 - Education Week
As proponents of STEM and STEAM face off, Anne Jolly asks what the role of the arts should be in a STEM curriculum and looks at some options for integrating the two disciplines.
November 18, 2014 - Teacher
Melinda G. George, president of the National Commission on Teaching and America's future, says that teachers' voices must be heard for educational initiatives to be successful.
November 18, 2014 - Teacher
A new report highlighting teacher-candidates' college grades underscores the need for more challenging teacher-prep class assignments, the NCTQ's Kate Walsh writes.
November 13, 2014 - Education Week
ESL teacher Maura Henry doesn't hate tests—in fact, they help her do her job well. The problem isn't with testing in general, she says, but with bad tests.
November 12, 2014 - Teacher (Web)
An accurate and fair grading system empowers teachers and students while also building trust, writes Joe Feldman.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week
Districts could boost their ability to hire more effective teachers who stay on the job longer by improving their screening techniques, a newly released working paper concludes.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week

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