Teacher Voice

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Teaching Profession Yes, Teachers Want Better Pay. But That's Not All They Say They Need
Educators shared what they need to see in addition to pay raises to improve morale and make the teaching profession more appealing.
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Social Studies Social Studies Groups Are Training Teachers to Navigate 'Divisive Concepts' Laws
They're teaching how to defend the discipline against charges of indoctrination and maintain quality despite curricular restrictions.
Sarah Schwartz, June 8, 2023
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Teaching Profession Opinion Teachers Are Not Meant to Be Martyrs
When teachers speak out, they are not waving at you. They are drowning in front of you.
Amanda Slaten Frasier, January 19, 2023
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Teaching Profession Long Hours, Second Jobs: New Federal Data Give a Snapshot of the Teaching Profession
The profession grew less diverse, and teachers are still working significantly more than a 40-hour workweek, the latest data show.
Madeline Will, December 13, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Why You Should Survey Your School Staff
And what you should do after the results are in.
Elizabeth Heubeck, November 8, 2022
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Diverse elementary students sitting in a circle and talking to a Black male teacher.
Teaching Profession Q&A Award-Winning Teachers Are Pushing Back Against Attacks on 'Honest Education'
They plan to host conversations, educate school boards, and write op-eds about why affirming, culturally responsive classrooms matter.
Madeline Will, October 24, 2022
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States Opinion Some Politicians Count on Teachers Staying Silent. We Can't Afford To
Censorship laws send teachers the message, “We don’t trust you.” We need to speak up in defense of our profession.
Monte F. Bourjaily, October 3, 2022
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School & District Management Reported Essay Teachers Are Ready for Systemic Change. Are Schools?
The pandemic underscored the need for school change. Leaders must be ready to take on that work.
Madeline Will, September 6, 2022
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School & District Management Video Teachers Hoped the Pandemic Would Bring Change for All Students. Did We Miss the Chance?
Many teachers hoped the pandemic would be a chance to reset education, but they now wonder if the opportunity has been squandered.
Madeline Will, September 6, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion Listen Up: Give Teachers a Voice in What Happens in Their Schools
With the help of teacher leaders, schools have a better chance of thriving. Here are 15 ways educators can speak up.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 26, 2022
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First Lady Jill Biden speaks during the American Federation of Teachers convention, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Boston.
First lady Jill Biden speaks during the American Federation of Teachers convention in Boston.
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Federal Use Your 'Teacher Voice,' Jill Biden Urges in a Push for Political Activism
Voting in the midterms is a critical step educators can take to bolster democracy, the first lady and other labor leaders told teachers.
Madeline Will, July 15, 2022
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Teaching Profession Q&A The First 5 Years in the Classroom Are Tough. This Teacher Has Ideas to Lessen the Burden
A middle school teacher talks about why educators need to share stories about their jobs—and find schools that reflect their values.
Madeline Will, June 1, 2022
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Haines City Senior High School Principal Adam Lane plays guitar for teachers during a teacher-appreciation luncheon at the high school.
Haines City Senior High School Principal Adam Lane plays guitar for teachers during a teacher-appreciation luncheon at the high school in Polk County, Fla.
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Recruitment & Retention 4 Steps to Building Your Own School Staffing Pipeline
Here's some creative ways to get around the staff shortage that's plagued many schools.
Denisa R. Superville, May 17, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Schools Should Make Students' Wishes Come True. Here's How
We know what care for trauma looks like in health settings. What about in schools?
Catharine Biddle, Mark Tappan & Lyn Mikel Brown, April 25, 2022
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