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Melissa Provenzano, an educator in Oklahoma, celebrates her House District 79 win during the Democratic watch party held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on Nov. 6 in Tulsa, Okla.
—Brandi Simons for Education Week

Dozens of Teachers Were Elected to State Office. Many More Fell Short

Those who hoped for a “teacher wave” are likely to be disappointed by the election results, but many educators say the losses only strengthen their resolve to fight for better pay and school funding. (November 8, 2018)

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

04/18 04:25 pm | 'Deprofessionalization Is Killing the Soul of Teaching,' Union President Says | The teaching profession is in the midst of an "ongoing and alarming crisis," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said.

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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Despite being in a profession that’s dominated by women in their childbearing years, teachers rarely get paid parental leave. To spend time with their newborns, they cobble together sick days and then take time unpaid.
April 1, 2019 – Education Week
"Thinking of our queer, trans, and questioning students, as well as our students of color and multiracial students, I wanted to pass on a message of affirmation: Believe that people are who they say they are, and celebrate it," writes Sam Long.
March 29, 2019 – Teacher
Kentucky’s Education Commissioner on Wednesday told superintendents who experienced recent work stoppages because of high teacher absences that they should close loopholes in their district sick leave policies.
March 28, 2019 – Education Week
Kentucky's largest school district has turned over a preliminary list of teachers who used sick days to protest at the state Capitol.
March 26, 2019 – AP
Some teachers simulate slavery in their classrooms to try to foster empathy. But in practice, many educators say, these activities can minimize horrific events, recreate racist power dynamics, and cause emotional hurt to black students.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
School safety trainings, especially those that simulate shooting scenarios, can be physically and emotionally painful for educators, and can leave districts open to lawsuits.
March 24, 2019 – Education Week
It's time to end breastfeeding discrimination in education, write Center for WorkLife Law's Jessica Lee and Liz Morris.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
It isn't enough to "love all students," writes the University of Georgia's Bettina L. Love.
March 20, 2019 – Education Week
Teacher Kyle Redford has long advocated that dyslexic children need specialized instruction in how to decode words. But a recent look at reading research called her to question her stance—and now she says all students should learn this way.
March 19, 2019 – Teacher
Special education students need more support, but so do their teachers, writes high school teacher Josh Brown.
March 13, 2019 – Education Week

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