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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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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
Reading aloud is a strategy elementary school teachers have capitalized on for generations. But we can use storytelling and drama to get older students engaged and loving literature, too, writes teacher Christina Torres.
November 20, 2019 – Teacher
Scaling back small-group instruction could promise dramatic improvements in literacy, argues Mike Schmoker.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Teacher Justin Minkel writes about how to cultivate strong relationships and weave them into the daily fabric of your classroom, not just during the first few weeks of school, but throughout the entire year.
November 12, 2019 – Teacher
Super-short stories written by teachers about their triumphs and frustrations, and the hilarious or absurd moments from their lives.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week
As the approach expands around the country, educators see a lot to be optimistic about, but remain skeptical of how it works, a national survey suggests.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week
Encouraging students to work at their own pace is a worthy goal, educators say, but difficult to pull off due to rigid school schedules and other barriers.
November 6, 2019 – Education Week

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