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Are Selectivity and Diversity Competing Goals for Teaching?

Educators and experts debated strategies to attract the best and brightest into teaching while also creating a more demographically diverse teaching corps at a conference in Washington last month. (October 4, 2017)

Spotlights Collection

In this Spotlight, see how digital simulations are helping teachers practice classroom-management techniques, gain insights from leading educators on creating a successful classroom, and learn how to build a collaborative classroom culture.

Spotlight on Growth Mindset

In this Spotlight, read how schools are embracing social-emotional learning, nurturing growth mindsets, and creating classroom opportunities for meaningful struggle.

Teacher Beat Blog

02/15 05:56 pm | Teacher-Evaluation Efforts Haven't Shown Results, Say Bill and Melinda Gates | The Gates Foundation is redirecting its financial backing away from teacher evaluation overhaul efforts to more "locally-driven solutions."

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

Teacher Recruitment Challenges: A Special Report
This special report explores the factors behind the recent teacher shortages in many areas and highlights initiatives designed to improve district hiring processes and tap new pools of prospective educators.

Smart Strategies for Teacher Professional Development
This special report takes a look at some efforts made to improve PD, including the rise of microcredentials, math training for preschool teachers, and programs aimed at supporting instructional coaches.

Who's Ready to Be a Principal?
Education Week explores how some states, school districts, universities, and alternative programs are ramping up efforts to groom principals trained in the mosaic of skills necessary to be successful at running schools.

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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.

Special Collection

New Realities: TFA at 25
In this special package, we look at recent changes Teach for America has embarked on as it enters a new era and the questions they raise about its model, impact, and future course.

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December 13, 2017 – Education Week
When writing letters of recommendation, teachers should focus on students’ unique skills, notable qualities, and their personality and creativity, writes Liz Prather.
December 13, 2017 – Teacher
Despite strong opinions and partisan viewpoints, an Education Week Research Center survey shows teachers, principals, and administrators working to keep those divisions out of the classroom.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
An Education Week survey of teachers, principals, and district administrators nationwide show a plurality "fully oppose" charter schools and a solid majority oppose vouchers. Opponents include many who voted for President Donald Trump, a strong choice supporter.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
One of three teachers in an Education Week national survey say their union either doesn't represent their political views or represents them only "somewhat."
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
A scant majority of 51 percent say students should be able to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity in an Education Week national survey of local educators.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
Just over a third of those in an Education Week national survey said immigration was “good” for schools, though nearly three-quarters support allowing children who came to the United States illegally to remain here.
December 13, 2017 – Education Week
The bite-sized competencies are gaining ground as a PD tool. In Tennessee, they can also help teachers maintain their licenses.
December 6, 2017 – Teacher
When the professional development that teachers must take to renew their licenses is meaningful, teachers will stay in the profession and maintain a high level of job satisfaction, argues Brian Curtin, an Illinois English teacher.
December 6, 2017 – Teacher
Georgia is one of more than a dozen states where teachers looking to renew their licenses can ditch the one-off seminars and instead craft personalized plans for improving their instruction.
December 6, 2017 – Teacher

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