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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.

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Teacher Evaluation: An Issue Overview

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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?

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Professional Development

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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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New York State’s controversial system of evaluating teachers based largely on computer-generated student “growth” scores formally ended Tuesday, with the adoption of a new process giving local school districts and their unions greater control over job ratings.
October 9, 2019 – McClatchy-Tribune
New Mexico has discontinued financial bonuses for top-rated teachers as it delivers the results of job-performance evaluations for the school year that ended in June.
October 9, 2019 – AP
There is a link between standardized test scores and later life outcomes. But is there causation? Researchers Dan Goldhaber and Umut Özek explore.
October 7, 2019 – Education Week
Concerns about local school systems can pose recruitment and retention hurdles for the armed services as they seek to meet the needs of military families.
September 25, 2019 – Education Week
A national union for principals is campaigning to increase its membership, drafting in part off the momentum created by the surge in educator activism over the past two years.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
School systems throughout the U.S. are struggling to find bus drivers, and district leaders are getting creative to fill vacancies.
September 3, 2019 – Education Week
Who's holding the teacher-preparation industry accountable? NCTQ president Kate Walsh calls for better data.
August 28, 2019 – Education Week
The annual PDK poll shows that the majority of teachers would support a strike for higher pay, and that the public is behind them.
August 21, 2019 – Education Week
After years of working for white principals and feeling sidelined and misunderstood, teacher Gemayel Hazard sought out a principal of color. Now, both his and his students’ needs are being fully addressed, he writes.
July 23, 2019 – Teacher
Three presidential candidates have pledged to nominate a teacher to the Education Secretary position during a National Education Association forum.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week

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