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Recruiting, preparing, and supporting excellent teachers is the key to achieving the nations education goals, the National Commission on Teaching & Americas Future argued in a report released last fall. This is the last installment of a six-part series in which Education Week has explored the ways that educators, policymakers, and others are trying to meet those challenges.

"To Snare the Best, Fairfax Revamps Teacher Hiring," Feb. 26, 1997. Fairfax County, Va., revamps its hiring process to snap up top-quality teachers.

"Standards Boards Touted for Elevating Teaching Profession," March 26, 1997. The Indiana Professional Standards Board takes the lead in reshaping licensing and other state policies.

"Internships Hailed as Key Prescription for Teacher Training," April 23, 1997. The University of Cincinnati, the city's public school system, and its teachers' union join forces to improve teacher education.

"Licensure Pact Pays Dividends for Teaching," May 21, 1997. The Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium is setting standards and designing assessments that gauge whether aspiring teachers have what it takes to earn a license.

"Despite Rocky Road, Ed. School Accreditation Effort on a Roll," June 18, 1997. Once dismissed by many teacher-educators, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has garnered the support of policymakers in 40 states.

"Schools Take Fresh Look at Bolstering Teachers," in This Week's News. Schools redeploy administrators, specialists, pullout teachers, and counselors to put them at the center--rather than the periphery--of teaching and learning.

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