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Jayda Pugliese, the principal of St. Mary Interparochial School in Philadelphia, assists a student. The first-year principal of the K-8 school teaches in each grade level for one period a week to show support for her teachers.
—Photos by Sarah Bones for Education Week

What Principals Can Do to Keep Good Teachers in Their Schools

Tap them to lead professional development. Teach their class once a week. Work out with them. Principals' creative strategies to hold onto talent. (October 16, 2018)

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Spotlight on Professional Learning

Across the country, educators are working to improve their practice through professional learning. In this Spotlight, discover how schools are helping teachers learn new technologies, how educators are crafting personalized plans for improving instruction, and how to balance autonomy and collaboration to spur meaningful professional development.

Issue Backgrounder

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Teacher Evaluation: An Issue Overview

Teacher Beat Blog

02/21 03:06 pm | District 'Wellness Center' Keeps Teachers Healthy—and Happy | A free gym and easy access to health care may help keep teachers happy, healthy, and in the classroom.

Teaching Now Blog

02/20 07:01 pm | This U.S. Music Teacher Is a Finalist for a $1 Million Global Teaching Prize | Melissa Salguero, an elementary school music teacher in New York City, is the only U.S. teacher among the 10 finalists announced today.

Special Reports

Smart Strategies for Teacher Professional Development
In this special report, Education Week explores some of those efforts, including the rise of microcredentials, math training for preschool teachers, and programs aimed at supporting instructional coaches.

Making Teacher Recertification Meaningful
This special report takes a hard look at recertification, posing questions about how it could be strengthened to support teachers better.

Getting & Keeping Good Teachers
For many school districts, teacher shortages are a recurring challenge. What are those districts doing differently to attract—and keep—the teachers they need?

Issue Backgrounder

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Professional Development

Education Week Quiz

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Professional Development?
How does ESSA define professional development, what conditions encourage effective teacher training, and how are districts supporting professional development for early-childhood educators?

Leaders to Learn From

Chris Coffelt: Recognized for Leadership in Developing Teachers
Superintendent Chris Coffelt works tirelessly to recruit, retain, and improve the practice of teachers who might otherwise be drawn to bigger cities and bigger salaries outside his small Iowa school district. He is recognized as a 2017 Leader To Learn From.

Rachel Rodriguez: Recognized for Leadership in Instructional Improvement
Rachel Rodriguez of the Gallup, N.M., school district works to make sure that every teacher receives regular coaching and real-time support. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.

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In Denver, teachers will go on strike Monday to protest a performance-pay system that’s been in place for 15 years. The dispute is illustrative of a larger national shift away from differentiated pay.
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November 14, 2018 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Ed. Colleges Provide Value
November 14, 2018 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Don't Blame Admissions Standards
November 14, 2018 – Education Week
Steven Van Zandt, a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and actor from The Sopranos, is touring the country with his rock band to promote the use of music in classrooms and show solidarity with teachers.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
Letter to the Editor
Giving Teachers a Voice
October 31, 2018 – Education Week
Tap them to lead professional development. Teach their class once a week. Work out with them. Principals' creative strategies to hold onto talent.
October 17, 2018 – Education Week
After years of being blamed for the problems in schools, teachers are now being held up as victims of a broken system. How did the pendulum swing so quickly?
October 3, 2018 – Education Week
Teacher education programs are still feeling the ripples from accreditation standards that asked them to provide evidence for their graduates' success.
August 29, 2018 – Education Week
In the face of well-funded opposition to organized labor, teachers will not be silenced, writes NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week

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