Teacher Professionalism

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Teaching Profession Substitute Teachers Would Like You to Stop Treating Them Like Babysitters
A research review found that substitute teachers get little respect and professional training.
Madeline Will, November 17, 2023
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Teaching Profession Reported Essay Public Schools Rely on Underpaid Female Labor. It’s Not Sustainable
Women now have more career options. Is that why they are leaving the teaching profession?
Alyson Klein, August 31, 2023
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Amber Nichols, a teacher at Eastwood Elementary School in Morgantosn, W. Va., leads her class in a lesson on May 11, 2023.
Amber Nichols, an award-winning teacher at Eastwood Elementary School in Morgantown, W.Va., leads her class in a lesson on May 11, 2023. She said post-pandemic consistency and structure have renewed her love of the profession.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center Teacher Job Satisfaction Rebounds From Last Year's Low. But There's Still a Ways to Go
There's a ray of hope in the new findings, but overall, teacher satisfaction remains well below levels in the mid-2000s.
Madeline Will, May 15, 2023
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Teaching Profession 'Poor for the Rest of Your Life’: Negative Messages Can Deter Prospective Teachers
Downbeat messages—especially from the media—can make would-be teachers think twice about a career.
Madeline Will, April 14, 2023
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Teaching Profession In Their Own Words An Award-Winning Teacher in India Deplores the Lack of Respect for American Teachers
Former Fulbright Scholar Ranjitsinh Disale has called on American policymakers to pass a resolution declaring support for the teaching profession.
Madeline Will, January 4, 2023
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Teaching Profession Opinion Want Vibrant, Engaged Teachers? Give Them Professional Freedom
A deputy superintendent explains how his district has created a stimulating environment by trusting teachers to experiment.
Jonah Schenker, November 6, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion Educators, You’re the Real Experts. Here’s How to Defend Your Profession
Math education expert Jo Boaler offers five practical guidelines for bringing about education change.
Jo Boaler, November 3, 2022
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LéAnn Cassidy, 57, sits in her middle school classroom in Connecticut. The 2018 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year and 2018 finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year, has been a classroom teacher for 34 years, but is considering retiring early.
LéAnn Cassidy, 57, sits in her middle school classroom in Connecticut. The 2018 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year and 2018 finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year has been a classroom teacher for 34 years, but is considering retiring early.
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center Teacher Job Satisfaction Hits an All-Time Low
Just 12 percent of U.S. teachers are very satisfied with their jobs, a new survey finds.
Madeline Will, April 14, 2022
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Teaching Profession From Our Research Center A Profession in Crisis: Findings From a National Teacher Survey
The first annual Merrimack College Teacher Survey of the nation’s K-12 educators reveals stark declines in teacher morale in the past decade.
Holly Kurtz, April 14, 2022
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Teaching Profession Q&A Why One Teacher Hates the Phrase 'Teaching Is a Calling'
EdWeek spoke to Jherine Wilkerson, who wrote a popular and provocative essay about not needing to love her students to be a good teacher.
Madeline Will, March 10, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion Educators, This Is Our Moment to Defend the Teaching Profession
In this moment of loss, the coronavirus pandemic offers four opportunities to demand the rebirth of public education, writes Amy Stuart Wells.
Amy Stuart Wells, May 7, 2020
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Teaching Opinion Stop Devaluing the Wisdom of Teachers. Researchers Don't Have a Monopoly on Evidence
Too often, the education research community treats scientific evidence as the only knowledge worth having, writes Joseph Murphy.
Joseph Murphy, October 30, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion Conservatives, It's Time for Us to Focus on Teacher Professionalism
These five policy facets of the teacher profession should take center stage for state legislatures, write Mary Scott Hunter, Mike Bileca, and John Eichelberger.
Mary Scott Hunter, Mike Bileca & John Eichelberger, March 11, 2019
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Teaching Profession Opinion A Lesson for Donald Trump Jr., From a 'Loser Teacher'
When the president's son called out teachers for trying to "sell" students on "socialism," Gina Caneva decided it was a bridge too far.
Gina Caneva, February 14, 2019
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