Published Online: December 20, 2018
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Top Education Week Teacher Stories of 2017


Top Teacher Stories of 2018: Education Week's Most Viewed

Get a glimpse at the teaching stories that resonated most with educators this year. Among the news and opinion pieces on Education Week produced by and for teachers, the stories below generated the most views in 2018.

1. Administrators Can Make or Break School Culture. Here's How to Spot the Best Ones

Veteran educator Mary Alicia Lyons shares her experiences working with administrators who’ve spanned the spectrum from frustrating to fantastic. (Aug. 8, 2018) | Filed Under: Leadership and Management

2. The Problem With Hurrying Childhood Learning

Too many kids are rushed toward the level they’re "supposed" to be on by the end of a given grading period, with little attention given to the path they’re walking to get there, writes teacher Justin Minkel. (April 18, 2018) | Filed Under: Teaching Profession

3. What Happened When I Committed to Loving My Students Unconditionally

For one school year, teacher Kyle Redford created a plan to love her students without strings attached. Here’s what she took away. (May 30, 2018) | Filed Under: Teaching Profession

4. Why I Give Students Only One Chance on Tests

Allowing students to retake tests puts the emphasis on learning content rather than building useful life skills, writes educator Baptiste Delvallé. (March 21, 2018) | Filed Under: Assessment and Testing

5. Teacher Pay: How Salaries, Pensions, and Benefits Work in Schools

How much do teachers make? A primer on teacher salaries, raises, performance pay, pensions, Social Security benefits, and health-care premiums. (March 30, 2018) | Filed Under: Teaching Profession

6. In Historic Win, Nationally Recognized Teacher Jahana Hayes Elected to U.S. House

The 2016 National Teacher of the Year will represent Connecticut’s 5th district, becoming the first African-American woman from the state to serve in Congress. (Nov. 7, 2018) | Filed Under: Politics and Policy

7. No, Teachers Shouldn't Put Students in the Driver's Seat

Student-centered learning may be in vogue, but it doesn’t support academic growth, writes this veteran educator. Schools should stick with teacher-led instruction. (Sept. 5, 2018) | Filed Under: Teaching Profession

8. See How Your State's Average Teacher Salary Compares

For 2016-17, New York tops the list of average teacher salaries and Mississippi falls to the bottom, according to the National Education Association. (April 24, 2018) | From the Blog: Teacher Beat

9. Being an English-Language Learner Is Hard. Here Are 5 Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier

When English-learners have the opportunity to work in groups and speak their native languages, they feel more comfortable in class, writes Justin Minkel. (Feb. 7, 2018) | Filed Under: English-Language Learners

10. Are Teachers' Unions on the Brink of Demise?

Some teachers are wondering whether the Janus decision will signal a shift in how teachers' unions operate. (Feb. 13, 2018) | Filed Under: Teaching Profession

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