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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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11/14 04:10 pm | The 'Zero-Waste Classroom': Teachers Share Tips for Going Green | In a "zero-waste classroom," teachers might compost food, invest in a classroom set of dishes, or even make reusable tissues.

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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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
An evaluation of a multi-year effort by the Gates Foundation to improve teaching, which cost $575 million, found no evidence the program improved student outcomes or gave low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Nearly 20 percent of teachers work second jobs during the school year, according to recent federal data. And some say that can put a strain on their instruction.
June 19, 2018 – Education Week
Far too many teachers enforce overly strict school rules at their students’ expense, writes Chicago teacher Gina Caneva.
June 6, 2018 – Teacher
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 – Teacher
Race to the Top is over, but the initiative is still driving teacher-evaluation policies and priorities, write two professors.
May 16, 2018 – Education Week
Some states have said yes to pay increases for teachers. This doesn’t mean they are prioritizing education funding, writes Derek W. Black.
May 4, 2018 – Education Week
In a late-night announcement on Thursday, officials from the Arizona Education Association and organizers of the grassroots group Arizona Educators United announced a walkout would take place starting April 26.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week

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