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The Teaching Now blog explored the latest news on the teaching profession, from practical classroom tips to raging policy debates. This blog is no longer being updated, but you can continue to explore these issues on edweek.org by visiting our related topic pages: teaching, teaching profession, and curriculum.

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
Teaching Survey: Teachers and Students Are Struggling With Online Learning
In a new RAND report, teachers in remote and hybrid environments reported more challenges than those in solely face-to-face instruction.
Sarah Schwartz, November 16, 2020
4 min read
Education From Our Research Center What Teachers Should Do When QAnon Conspiracy Theories Come to Class
An EdWeek survey found that educators are unsure if they should discuss the set of far-right theories in class.
Madeline Will, November 6, 2020
4 min read
Social Studies Election Uncertainty and Anxious Students: Inside 4 Social Studies Classrooms
Teachers have the daunting task of bringing clarity to a confusing electoral landscape and trying to soothe their students' anxieties.
Sarah Schwartz & Madeline Will, November 4, 2020
10 min read
Social Studies WATCH: Teaching About a Divisive Election--and What Comes Next
Five social studies teachers discuss their experiences teaching students about the most crucial and controversial parts of a chaotic election season.
Jaclyn Borowski, October 28, 2020
1 min read
Teaching Most Educators Require Kids to Turn Cameras On in Virtual Class, Despite Equity Concerns
Sixty percent of teachers, principals, and district leaders say students face consequences if they turn off cameras during class.
Madeline Will, October 20, 2020
5 min read
Teaching Are Aspiring Teachers Learning Classroom Management? It Varies
The strategy of reinforcing good behavior with praise is the least likely to be taught in teacher-prep programs, an analysis finds.
Madeline Will, October 20, 2020
5 min read
Lucy Calkins
Lucy Calkins
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Reading & Literacy Lucy Calkins Says Balanced Literacy Needs 'Rebalancing'
A recent document signals a major change from the Reading Workshop creator, who previously pushed back on "phonics-centric people."
Sarah Schwartz, October 19, 2020
7 min read
Equity & Diversity Gates Foundation Unveils Grants to Make Algebra More Culturally Relevant
The foundation wants to fund projects that reflect students' lived experiences, strengthen their math identities, and explore issues of social justice.
Sarah Schwartz, October 7, 2020
3 min read
Social Studies Grants for Teachers Creating Online Lessons During COVID-19
National Geographic Education announced a new grant program to help teachers design or adapt remote-friendly curriculum resources that use science, social studies or geography to teach about the pandemic, or about social or environmental justice.
Catherine Gewertz, October 6, 2020
2 min read
Social Studies Teachers React to the Debate: 'If the President Was in My Class, He Would Not Pass'
Many teachers use the presidential debates as a teaching tool for civics, but the first Trump-Biden showdown was anything but educational.
Madeline Will, September 30, 2020
7 min read
Teaching 50 or More Students in One Class: The New Reality for Some K-12 Teachers
The instructional techniques teachers normally use won't work in classes with 50, 60, or 70 students, educators say.
Sarah Schwartz, September 29, 2020
3 min read
Teaching Profession Teacher Pay Remains Low, and COVID-19 Has Thwarted Efforts to Raise It
Experts are concerned that any progress states were beginning to make with raising teacher pay will be wiped away by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Madeline Will, September 29, 2020
3 min read
Curriculum Does Social Studies Build Stronger Readers? A New Study Suggests So
Spending 30 more minutes per day on social studies in elementary school is linked with better reading performance by the end of 5th grade, according to a new study.
Catherine Gewertz, September 25, 2020
3 min read