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The Education Week Spotlight on Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how teachers are learning to provide effective instruction during COVID-19, how education programs are employing scientifically based reading instruction, and how teacher preparation programs are training new educators to acknowledge systemic inequities.

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Debbie Williams, a 1st grade teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Yakima, Wash., scrolls through a math book as she plans lessons for her students while school buildings are closed due to the coronavirus. Districts across the country are trying to provide professional development on the fly to help teachers better prepare remote learning lessons.
Debbie Williams, a 1st grade teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Yakima, Wash., scrolls through a math book as she plans lessons for her students while school buildings are closed due to the coronavirus. Districts across the country are trying to provide professional development on the fly to help teachers better prepare remote learning lessons.
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Professional Development How Districts Are Helping Teachers Get Better at Tech Under Coronavirus
Educators are struggling to learn how to use new tech tools—devices, apps, software, and online textbooks—in greater volume than ever before.
David Rauf, April 22, 2020
11 min read
Teresa Kaufman, right, an art teacher at High Plain Elementary School in Andover, Mass., loses a round of “rock, paper, scissors” during an icebreaker at an SEL workshop held for teachers who work in the Andover school district.
Teresa Kaufman, right, an art teacher at High Plain Elementary School in Andover, Mass., loses a round of “rock, paper, scissors” during an icebreaker at an SEL workshop held for teachers who work in the Andover school district.
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Professional Development The Success of Social-Emotional Learning Hinges on Teachers
Too often, teachers are asked to use SEL practices without enough training and ongoing support, tanking the effectiveness.
Madeline Will, April 7, 2020
7 min read
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Reading & Literacy Teacher-Preparation Programs Make Gains in the 'Science of Reading,' Review Finds
The National Council on Teacher Quality has found that the number of elementary programs teaching scientifically based reading instruction is increasing.
Madeline Will, January 28, 2020
7 min read
Student Well-Being Want to Improve Math Teaching? Try Coaching the Coaches
An instructional program in Tennessee uses a continuous-improvement process to try to help math coaches do their jobs better.
Madeline Will, June 12, 2018
6 min read
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School Climate & Safety Opinion What Happens to Student-Teachers Now? A Guide for Teachers
You can still keep prospective teachers in the fold remotely, writes John Pascarella. Here are 7 steps to make it work.
John Pascarella, April 8, 2020
5 min read
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Professional Development Opinion Teacher PD Gets a Bad Rap. But Two Approaches Do Work
Many researchers have given up on teacher professional development as a way to raise student test scores, but two approaches have been yielding good results, writes Heather C. Hill.
Heather C. Hill, February 21, 2020
5 min read
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Teacher Preparation Opinion Teacher Education Needs to Acknowledge 'Whiteness'
Teacher education must help everyone think critically of the world to avoid perpetuating inequity, urges Hui-Ling Malone.
Hui-Ling Malone, September 9, 2019
5 min read