Teacher Quality

The latest news about teacher quality, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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

04/18 04:25 pm | 'Deprofessionalization Is Killing the Soul of Teaching,' Union President Says | The teaching profession is in the midst of an "ongoing and alarming crisis," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said.

Teaching Now Blog

04/17 02:43 pm | Black Students Say Their P.E. Teacher Asked Them to Play 'Slave Games' | This incident is the latest in a string of newsmaking lessons on slavery this year—lessons that students and parents have called out as racist and harmful to black ...

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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Letter to the Editor
What the NCTQ Report Misses
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Despite being in a profession that’s dominated by women in their childbearing years, teachers rarely get paid parental leave. To spend time with their newborns, they cobble together sick days and then take time unpaid.
April 1, 2019 – Education Week
School districts and researchers are working together to try to predict teacher effectiveness by looking at resumes and job applications.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week
More than half of aspiring elementary teachers fail the Praxis exam the first time, according to an analysis by the National Council on Teacher Quality.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
From onsite medical clinics and child care to tiny homes and paid sabbaticals, this video series explores some of the ways school districts are thinking outside the box to come up with unusual perks for their employees.
March 1, 2019 – Education Week
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.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
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

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