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Teachers' Unions Expected Big Membership Losses. Here's Why Those Haven't Panned Out

The labor groups have lost members since last year’s Janus Supreme Court case, but not as many as anticipated. Is that because the unions have reenergized teachers, or because teachers don’t understand their rights? (June 27, 2019)


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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?


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?


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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Many researchers have given up on teacher professional development as a way to raise student test scores, but two approaches have been yielding good results, writes Heather C. Hill.
February 24, 2020 – Education Week
In a report from the Center for American Progress, parents, teachers, and school leaders said they find formats like parent-teacher conferences “mostly” or “extremely” valuable compared with social media, while robocalls ranked dead last.
February 20, 2020 – Education Week
Worried that far too many students have weak reading skills, states are passing new laws that require aspiring teachers—and, increasingly, teachers who are already in the classroom—to master reading instruction that’s solidly grounded in research.
February 20, 2020 – Education Week
My job as a teacher is to help students learn, not to use extrinsic motivation to get them to work, writes Miriam Plotinsky.
February 18, 2020 – Teacher
Assuring a positive student-teacher relationship is easier said than done. Here’s what veteran educators advise about how to make that relationship work, and what to do when things fall apart.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
One particularly tense staff meeting helped educator Robert Parker rethink how his school celebrated Black History Month.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
Teachers: Could you use an extra 13 hours in your work week, or for your personal life? That might be possible in the future, according to a report published last month by McKinsey & Company.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
Educators won’t learn how to fight against racism in a single professional development session, writes Bettina L. Love.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
Design thinking is often reduced to a flashy show pony for rich schools, writes English teacher Katherine Burd. It doesn't have to be.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
Super-short stories written by teachers about their triumphs and frustrations, and the hilarious or absurd moments from their lives.
February 4, 2020 – Education Week

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