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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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08/19 12:50 pm | Survey: Teachers Are Knowledgeable About Common Core, But Wary | Teacher support for the common standards has dropped precipitously, even though they're among the best informed about the expectations.

Teaching Ahead Blog

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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January 22, 2014 - Education Week
The dispute between the district and the teachers' union over the jointly designed system shows the stark distinction between ambitious policy plans and the realities of implementation.
January 22, 2014 - Education Week
Hillary Greene, a middle school teacher in Massachusetts, reflects on what she's learned from co-authoring a teaching blog with educators from other countries.
January 15, 2014 - Teacher
The group works with former TFA corps members eyeing careers in policy, advocacy, and community organizing, and puts campaign muscle behind those who seek elected office.
January 14, 2014 | Updated: January 17, 2014 - Education Week
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
Frederick M. Hess explains his methodology for creating the rankings, which rate the top 200 education scholars in the United States.
January 13, 2014 - Education Week
Seattle teachers did more than just say "no." They educated themselves, worked with parents, and presented their recommendations for how to improve student assessment, writes Noah Zeichner.
January 10, 2014 - Education Week
Young educators are replacing professional development sessions and conferences with Twitter, blogs, and Edcamps as their preferred ways to learn and share new ideas, writes William M. Ferriter.
January 10, 2014 - Education Week
January 6, 2014 - Education Week
School systems wrestle with how to best deploy their resources and staff as funding comes inching back.
January 3, 2014 - Quality Counts

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