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Joe Heflin, left, a science teacher at Calumet High School in Calumet, Mich., and Chris Woods, right, a math teacher at the school, talk during Heflin's science class as Woods observes Heflin’s teaching methodologies.
—Keith King for Education Week

Is Teacher Recertification Broken?

Advocates and state officials should think about how the neglected policies could be used as a lever to improve teacher quality, experts say. (December 6, 2017)

Spotlight on 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.

Spotlight on Reading Comprehension (2018)

In this Spotlight, learn how schools are teaching digital reading, predicting the deep reading comprehension skills students need throughout their schooling, and providing tools for collaborating with other educators to support productive reading across subjects.

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Teacher Beat Blog

07/17 01:36 pm | Union Membership Is at a High for the American Federation of Teachers. Will It Last? | The second-largest national teachers' union has 1.75 million members as of May. But in the wake of an adverse Supreme Court decision, the union is also projecting an 8 ...

Teaching Ahead Blog

01/03 09:49 am | How Can We Fix Teacher Recertification? Consider the National Board | A reflective, performance-based, independent assessment of a teacher's practice could make the recertification process meaningful again, Catherine Anderson writes.

Special Reports

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

Getting and 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?

EDUCATION WEEK QUIZ

Quiz Yourself: 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?

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From Teacher to Principal: A Look at the Typical Pathway
The career path to the principalship has been a fairly rigid one. Only in the past decade or so has the field seen some important changes in who makes it to a school’s top job—and how.

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Few states give teachers a seat—or a vote—on the board of education. But some say the governing entities are making more of an effort to prioritize teacher voice.
July 20, 2018 – Education Week
After six years as a teacher, Jamie Barnes is pursuing a new dream. He reflects on the students he's taught and the new challenges to come.
July 18, 2018 – Teacher
Education Week is tracking a new wave of activism in which teachers are filing to run for their state legislatures—and the numbers are impressive.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers have a moral obligation to protest family separations at the border, writes Justin Minkel.
July 17, 2018 – Teacher
Within days of the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish union fees for nonmembers, conservative groups—including ones with ties to Ed. Secretary Betsy DeVos—launched email, social media, and billboard campaigns to try to convince teachers not to join their unions.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
The Janus ruling and subsequent attempts to "defang" unions offer opportunities as well as threats, writes AFT President Randi Weingarten.
July 11, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers' unions must recommit to solving community-based concerns and taking on actions that influence structural power, writes John Troutman McCrann.
July 11, 2018 – Teacher
Despite leaders' messages of defiance and solidarity, reminders of the Supreme Court's recent decision to abolish agency fees—and its financial implications for teachers' unions—were everywhere at the National Education Association's yearly convention.
July 18, 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
When Kyle Redford stopped assuming that she knew the motivations behind her students' actions, she started to build stronger relationships.
July 3, 2018 – Teacher

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