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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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08/10 04:38 pm | Should Teachers Enforce School Rules When Students Are Learning at Home? | Many educators say that the priority should be ensuring student well-being and equity over compliance.

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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Many substitutes are weighing the costs of going back to schools, where they’ll be exposed to lots of people, under inconsistent safety protocols, and for little pay and potentially no health benefits.
August 10, 2020 – Education Week
Beware these danger zones when trying to determine what students know and need to learn this fall, experts say.
August 6, 2020 – Education Week
In many places, teachers are preparing to head back into classrooms without any guarantee that they will stay healthy. Some are leaving their jobs rather than take the risk.
July 28, 2020 – Education Week
Training teachers, principals, and district administrators on how to improve remote instruction will take a big commitment to mastering the learning management system and honing video teaching skills.
July 23, 2020 – Education Week
A mindfulness-based intervention for teachers is one of the only such programs with a scientific foundation, showing positive effects not just on teachers’ states of mind, but on their interactions with students in the classroom.
July 22, 2020 – Education Week
Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, spoke with Education Week about how teachers can take care of themselves and manage their stress during this uncertain time.
July 22, 2020 – Education Week
For many teachers facing the imminent return to school, the customary combination of nerves and excitement has been replaced by mortal terror, writes Justin Minkel.
July 22, 2020 – Education Week
Many teachers say they’ve been getting messages 24/7 during school closures, and that they feel pressure to be “always on” for students and parents.
July 22, 2020 – Education Week
Even in the most normal of school years, teachers’ work-life balance can be tenuous. Many say it’s gotten worse since remote teaching began.
July 22, 2020 – Education Week
A paper published by researchers from Princeton and Tufts universities compares teachers’ explicit and implicit biases with those of other American adults.
June 9, 2020 – Education Week

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