Teaching Profession

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    Teaching Profession Teachers Are Stressed Out, and It's Causing Some to Quit
    Stress, more so than low pay, is the main reason public school teachers quit. And COVID-19 has increased the pressure.
    Madeline Will, February 22, 2021
    7 min read
    Teacher Lizbeth Osuna from Cooper Elementary receives the Moderna vaccine at a CPS vaccination site at Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.
    Chicago public school teacher Lizbeth Osuna receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a school vaccination site last week.
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    Teaching Profession Opinion Should Teachers Be Prioritized for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
    Not all states are moving teachers to the front of the vaccination line. Researchers discuss the implications for in-person learning.
    February 18, 2021
    6 min read
    Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson speaks during a news conference at City Hall in Chicago on Feb. 7, 2021. The Chicago Teachers Union has approved a deal with the nation’s third-largest school district to get students back to class during the coronavirus pandemic, union officials announced early Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
    Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson speaks during a news conference at City Hall in Chicago on Feb. 7. The Chicago Teachers Union has approved a deal with the nation’s third-largest school district to get students back to class during the coronavirus pandemic.
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    Teaching Profession Chicago Teachers Approve School Reopening Plan: ‘We Got What We Were Able to Take’
    Chicago Teachers Union members have voted in favor of a reopening deal, signaling that in-person classes can resume Thursday as planned.
    Hannah Leone & Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, February 10, 2021
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    Penny Cracas, right, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Dando, a school nurse, late last year in  West Chester, Pa.
    Penny Cracas, right, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Dando, a school nurse, late last year in West Chester, Pa.
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    Teaching Profession 1 in 5 Educators Have Been Vaccinated, NEA Survey Finds
    About one-fifth of teachers in the nation's largest teachers' union have had a COVID-19 vaccine; another 18 percent have scheduled a shot.
    Madeline Will, February 9, 2021
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    Elementary 1 teacher Melissa Vozar sits outside of Suder Elementary in Chicago to teach a virtual class on Jan. 11, 2021. The Chicago Teachers Union said that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom before they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said such a move would amount to an illegal strike.
    Teacher Melissa Vozar sits outside of Suder Elementary in Chicago to teach a virtual class in protest of her district's reopening plans.
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    Teaching Profession In Chicago and Other Big Cities, Teachers' Unions Are Delaying School Reopenings
    The Chicago Teachers Union struck a tentative deal with the city to slow the reopening of schools. Other unions have had similar success.
    Madeline Will, February 8, 2021
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    Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago teachers union listens to a question after a meeting of the union's House of Delegates in Chicago. Lewis says she is stepping down because her battle with brain cancer has made it impossible to do her job "at my best." Lewis said Friday, June 22, 2018, that she's submitted her retirement papers to the Chicago Board of Education. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
    Karen Lewis, former president of the Chicago Teachers Union, listens to a question after a meeting of the union's House of Delegates in Chicago on Sept. 14, 2012. The union confirmed Lewis' death on Monday. She was 67.
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    Teaching Profession Obituary Karen Lewis, Firebrand Former Chicago Teachers Union President, Dead at 67
    Karen Lewis, the firebrand former Chicago Teachers Union president who led a seven-day strike in 2012, has died, the CTU confirmed Monday.
    Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, John Byrne & Juan Perez Jr., February 8, 2021
    9 min read
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    Teaching Profession 'We’re Not Being Taken Care of': Many Teachers Still Ineligible for Vaccines
    In parts of the country, teachers and child-care providers are still waiting their turn—and for some, there is no end in sight.
    Madeline Will, February 5, 2021
    10 min read
    Denise Jensen, a teacher at the Navajo Preparatory School, stands for a portrait on a dirt road just outside of Farmington, N.M. on Feb. 1, 2021.
    Denise Jensen is a teacher at New Mexico's Navajo Preparatory School, a boarding school for Native American students that has been closed for almost a year. She's been teaching her students remotely since March 2020.
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    Teaching Profession Audio Sitting on the Roof at Night for Internet: Pandemic Learning in the Navajo Nation
    A teacher at a college-prep school for Native American students sees the struggles her students face daily to do their schoolwork from home.
    Catherine Gewertz, February 3, 2021
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    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives for an event with President Joe Biden in the White House on Jan. 21.
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives for an event with President Joe Biden in the White House on Jan. 21.
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    Teaching Profession Anthony Fauci: 'Get Teachers Vaccinated as Quickly as We Possibly Can'
    In a town hall with teachers, Fauci said there is "some light at the end of the tunnel" with the availability of effective vaccines.
    Madeline Will, January 28, 2021
    3 min read
    From left: John Arthur (Utah), Alejandro Diasgranados (D.C.), Maureen Stover (N.C.), Juliana Urtubey (Nev.)
    From left: John Arthur (Utah), Alejandro Diasgranados (D.C.), Maureen Stover (N.C.), Juliana Urtubey (Nev.)
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    Teaching Profession Here Are the Four Finalists for 2021 National Teacher of the Year
    The four finalists for the 2021 National Teacher of the Year challenge inequities both in their school communities and on a national level.
    Madeline Will, January 27, 2021
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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
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    Teaching Profession After a Stillbirth, This Teacher Was Denied Paid Leave for Recovery. Here's Her Story
    A District of Columbia teacher delivered a stillborn baby and was denied paid maternity leave. Her story, told here, is not uncommon.
    Madeline Will, January 15, 2021
    6 min read
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    Teaching Profession Opinion What Your Students Will Remember About You
    The best teachers care about students unconditionally but, at the same time, ask them to do things they can’t yet do.
    Angela Duckworth, January 6, 2021
    2 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
    On Sept. 24, 2020, distance learners are seen on a laptop held by teacher Kristen Giuliano who assists student Jane Wood, 11, in a seventh-grade social studies class at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, Conn. Many schools around the state have closed temporarily during the school year because of students or staff testing positive for COVID-19. Within the first week of November 2020, nearly 700 students and more than 300 school staff around Connecticut tested positive, according to the state Department of Public Health.
    Teacher Kristen Giuliano assists Jane Wood, 11, during a 7th grade social studies class in September at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, Conn., while other students join the class remotely from home.
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    Teaching Profession Photos What Education Looked Like in 2020
    A visual recap of K-12 education in 2020 across the United States.
    Jaclyn Borowski , December 31, 2020
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