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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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07/10 01:53 pm | Teachers' Unions Are Wary of Reopening Schools. Here's What They're Saying | The debate on whether and how to reopen school buildings has ramped up. This is what the teachers' unions for the five largest school districts have said about going back.

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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?


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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When they come back to us in the fall, our students’ need for connection, belonging, and real-world experience will be fierce, and we need to adjust our approach based on their needs, writes teacher Ariel Sacks.
June 23, 2020 – Teacher
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling was a victory, but it doesn’t take away the hurt of losing my students in a cold February, writes Brett Bigham.
June 23, 2020 – Teacher
With nearly 20 percent of teachers in public schools age 55 or older, administrators need to give special consideration to their health and safety as they craft plans for reopening.
June 18, 2020 – Education Week
Many teachers have been attracted to the profession for social reasons that are now missing from online instruction, writes Susan Moore Johnson.
June 18, 2020 – Education Week
Marie Pino, who taught generations of children in her Navajo community, died at 67. She had lost one of her sons, a school basketball coach, to coronavirus-related illness just weeks before; her husband, an emergency medical coordinator and pastor, died of the illness shortly after she did.
July 15, 2020 – Education Week
After an unarmed black man died in the custody of Minneapolis police, black education leaders spoke out about the broader racism they saw in schools. The public wasn’t always ready to listen.
June 17, 2020 – Education Week
How much students regressed during the extended remote learning period is a matter of some debate, but every district must devise ways to diagnose and respond to it.
June 12, 2020 – Education Week
A paper published by researchers from Princeton and Tufts universities compares teachers’ explicit and implicit biases with those of other American adults.
June 9, 2020 – Education Week
Super-short stories written by teachers about their triumphs and frustrations, and the hilarious or absurd moments from their lives.
June 9, 2020 – Education Week
While unarmed Black men and women continue to die at the hands of police, our schools first started by killing their minds, writes teacher Jasmine Lane.
June 10, 2020 – Teacher

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