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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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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?

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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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Giving students time to recharge over holiday breaks is important, writes teacher Christina Torres. Here are her ideas for creative things you can do to keep students engaged in learning without assigning homework.
December 11, 2019 – Teacher
Are teachers consciously monitoring how much they talk vs. how much their students do? Research and front-line teacher experience suggest they should be.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
As the 2010s draw to a close, teachers are left reeling from massive shifts in policy and practice that have affected their everyday work.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Here's a look at how national policy on teachers and teaching has changed over the past 10 years.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
Super-short stories written by teachers about their triumphs and frustrations, and the hilarious or absurd moments from their lives.
December 4, 2019 – Education Week
Rubrics overload students with pseudoscientific feedback when they should be learning from literature, argues English teacher Peter Machera.
December 4, 2019 – Education Week
Many teachers leave preservice training without clarity on what the cognitive science says about how students learn to read.
December 4, 2019 – Education Week
Taking differentiation to mean "everything all the time" isn’t a sustainable model, warns English teacher Chad Towarnicki.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
The recent Chicago Teachers Union strike drew attention from Democratic presidential candidates in Illinois, a state won by Democrats in the last White House contest. For 2020, it's possible we could see a twist on that story: big-city teacher strikes in states with less predictable outcomes.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Students who both have disabilities and are gifted are often overlooked when it comes to screening for gifted education. A California district found that it could buck the trend by casting a wider net for gifted students.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week

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