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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

02/22 06:00 pm | Fed Up With Low Pay, Oklahoma Teachers Consider a Walkout | Defeat of a bill that would have given Oklahoma teachers their first raise in a decade has prompted more drastic measures.

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?

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Teacher Careers, Recruitment, and Retention Webinars

These virtual broadcasts address teacher preparation and strategies for hiring and retaining skilled teachers.

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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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Teacher Performance Evaluation
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See an interactive map of districts that are considered to be both remote and rural by the U.S. Census Bureau.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
There may not be an overall national shortage of teachers, but shortages persist in certain specialty areas. And filling diversity gaps is a perennial struggle.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
A handful of school districts are hoping to boost their efforts to retain and recruit teachers by providing child-care for their educators.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
The Guilford County, N.C., district is one of a handful of districts nationwide that recruit, train, and license teachers for STEM classes.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
It's not all about paperwork, hard-to-manage students, and prickly parents.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
A growing number of districts are using housing incentives to recruit teachers, but there is not yet proof that it works—or that it's good policy.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
In a bid to recruit and keep teachers, some school districts are getting creative about developing affordable housing options for educators.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
Angel Magana faces many hurdles in his quest to become a teacher. Luckily, he has a small army of supporters to help him and other young Latinos.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
Ingenuity and hard work are required to find teachers willing to work in the 18 percent of U.S. districts that are considered to be both remote and rural. And then administrators have to persuade them to stick around.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week
Education Week asked special educators on Twitter to share their thoughts on what keeps them in the classroom and what drives them away.
January 24, 2018 – Education Week

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