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Cyndi Pristello, a school wide support teacher at JoAnna Connell Elementary School, greets students and their families on April 18, 2020, as they drive through the school's parking lot during a drive-by parade. The school will begin online classes on April 20 after being closed due to the coronavirus shutdown.
A teacher greets students and families during a drive-by parade in Erie, Penn. Many schools around the country remain closed, and some teachers say they're taking heat for it.
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Teaching Profession Has the Public Turned on Teachers?
The rift over when school buildings should reopen has caused teachers to feel like they've lost public support. But have they?
Madeline Will, January 25, 2021
12 min read
People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Washington shortly before the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Washington shortly before the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
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School & District Management Disciplining Educators: How Schools Should Tackle Conduct Concerns After the Insurrection
School employees and officials in at least eight states have drawn criticism and reprimands following last week's U.S. Capitol insurrection.
Mark Lieberman, January 13, 2021
9 min read
Danielle Peirson leads her class in jumping jacks during a mindfulness break in her 4th grade class at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Danielle Peirson leads her 4th graders in jumping jacks during a mindfulness break at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa.
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School & District Management As Teacher Morale Hits a New Low, Schools Look for Ways to Give Breaks, Restoration
In a year rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, teachers say just keeping their heads above water can feel like a herculean task.
Madeline Will, January 6, 2021
9 min read
Austin High School musical theater teacher and instructional coach Annie Dragoo has three underlying health conditions noted by the CDC as being high-risk for coronavirus complications, but was denied a waiver to continue working from home in 2021.
Austin High School musical theater teacher and instructional coach Annie Dragoo has three underlying health conditions noted by the CDC as being high-risk for coronavirus complications, but was denied a waiver to continue working from home in 2021.
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Teaching Profession High Risk for COVID-19 and Forced Back to Class: One Teacher's Story
One theater teacher in Austin has a serious heart condition and cancer, but was denied the ability to work remotely. Here is her story.
Madeline Will, December 31, 2020
9 min read
Valerie Kelly, a 5th grade teacher in Vincennes, Ind., receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 28, 2020.
Valerie Kelly, a 5th grade teacher in Vincennes, Ind., receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 28.
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Teaching Profession Teachers Are Already Getting COVID-19 Vaccines
Some counties in Indiana began vaccinating teachers this week, ahead of schedule.
Madeline Will, December 30, 2020
4 min read
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Teaching Profession Teachers Can Apply PPE Costs to Their $250 Educator Tax Deduction. Is That Enough?
Many teachers were hoping the $250 tax break would be increased for this school year, given other expenses they've had to contend with.
Madeline Will, December 29, 2020
6 min read
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School & District Management Easing Teachers' Anxieties About Returning to School
Strategies for district leaders to provide a safer and less stressful return to in-person learning.
Elizabeth Heubeck, December 29, 2020
6 min read
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School & District Management School Workers May Get Early Shot at COVID-19 Vaccine. Will They Take It?
School and district leaders need to understand the reasons some educators are hesitant to get the vaccine and address them head-on.
Madeline Will, December 21, 2020
11 min read
Utah school teacher Emily Johnson protests with other teachers at the Utah State Capitol, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Board of Education has rejected multiple proposals requiring stricter precautions against the coronavirus as schools reopen across the state. The board voted 9-5 Thursday against a series of mandates, including one that would limit the number of students in a classroom if community spread spikes above the 5% reopening threshold set by the World Health Organization, the Deseret News reported.
Utah school teacher Emily Johnson protests at the Utah State Capitol in August. Utah is one of many states that have prioritized teachers and school employees in COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans, citing concerns about keeping schools open.
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Federal Include School Employees in Next Phase of Vaccinations, Federal Panel Recommends
School employees should be included among "frontline essential workers" in COVID-19 vaccine plans, a federal panel recommended Sunday.
Evie Blad, December 20, 2020
3 min read
Elementary school music teacher Jami Brown works with his class at Tibbals Elementary School in Murphy, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Texas Gov. Greg Abbot's statewide mask order does not mandate face covering for children under the age of 10, allowing some school districts to not require masks for children leaving the choice of mask use up to the parents.
Elementary music teacher Jami Brown works with his class at Tibbals Elementary School in Murphy, Texas, on Dec. 3.
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Teaching Profession The Teaching Profession in 2020 (in Charts)
The research published this year paints a picture of a profession under pressure.
Madeline Will, December 18, 2020
8 min read
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States Explainer School Employees May Get Early COVID-19 Vaccinations. Here's How States Will Decide When
State and federal leaders face a host of questions in allocating the scarce vaccine even among "essential workers," like those in education.
Evie Blad, December 15, 2020
8 min read
Jill Biden, wife of President-elect Joe Biden, in a classroom at the Evan G. Shortlidge Academy in Wilmington, Del., during the 2020 presidential campaign.
Jill Biden, wife of President-elect Joe Biden, in a classroom at the Evan G. Shortlidge Academy in Wilmington, Del., during the 2020 presidential campaign.
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Teaching Profession 'One of Your Own in the White House': A History of Teacher First Ladies and Presidents
Jill Biden won't be the first educator to live in the White House. Here are the other 19 teachers who became presidents and first ladies.
Madeline Will, November 18, 2020
10 min read
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Teaching's 'New Normal'? There's Nothing Normal About the Constant Threat of Death
As the bizarre becomes ordinary, don't forget what's at stake for America's teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Justin Minkel.
Justin Minkel , November 17, 2020
4 min read
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Teaching Profession What Schools Are (and Aren’t) Doing to Support Teachers Worried About Safety of In-Person Learning
More schools are trying to shift to some in-person learning for students, but many teachers don’t believe it’s safe.
Elizabeth Heubeck, November 11, 2020
5 min read