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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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05/29 02:41 pm | How Can We Get More Highly Effective Teachers to Serve as Mentors? | Researchers say mentor teachers should be paid 15 times more. (And on a programming note, this will be the last post on the Teacher Beat blog.)

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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What goes on behind all the closed doors in politics? Most teachers never get a chance to find out, writes teacher-turned-politician John Waldron.
April 11, 2019 – Education Week
Most teachers say they expect to contribute resources to their classrooms, but teachers aren’t only putting up the cash themselves. In addition to old standbys like grants and bake sales, many are turning to other fundraising opportunities, including online crowdfunding platforms like DonorsChoose.
April 11, 2019 – Education Week
It’s unreasonable to hold students to the same standards as adults, writes Justin Minkel.
April 8, 2019 – Teacher
The recent wave of teacher strikes reflects a broader phenomenon, blurring the boundaries between national and local school politics, write three education professors.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Adopting more-rigorous curricula didn't produce the academic gains that many hoped for, a new study found. But that's not the end of the story, write Thomas J. Kane and David Steiner.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Salaries for New York teachers increased more than $19,000 on average from 2002 to 2016, a new report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government found.
April 1, 2019 – Education Week
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
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

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