The newest inductees into the National Teacher Hall of Fame came to Washington, DC to meet with Secretary Arne Duncan and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. As great teachers, they speak truth to power.

This is Teacher Appreciation Week and tomorrow is National Teacher Day. It is time to take action to restore respect, autonomy, and responsibility to teachers for their profession.

The latest results of the student survey developed by the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) and administered by Pearson Foundation show a disconnect between teaching and learning. School culture can be improved using the QISA framework including eight conditions that make a difference in student success.

Teachers need fair employment and dismissal procedures or so-called tenure because so much concentration on high stakes testing has distorted the practice of teaching. Politicians need to assure good teachers that they will not be subjected to personal, political, arbitrary, and capricious decisions not to mention nepotism.

Professor Andy Hargreaves of Boston College discusses sustainability of school improvement in a conversation with the HOPE Foundation.

The Atlanta scandal on teachers and administrators cheating on standardized testing has rocked the teaching profession. A closer look should examine this complex problem and changes need to be made.

Common Core Standards continue to be a point of debate. We should remember that these standards are what every child should know and be able to do not everything a child should know and be able to do.

Civic literacy is critical with the wide gaps that exist in voting patterns. Rich people vote 50 points higher than poor people, and it shows in political support for issues important to tackling poverty in this country.

Guest blogger Marian Kisch writes about the collaboration between the administration and the union that represents teachers in Providence, Rhode Island. Collaboration is not easy, but the results demonstrate the worth.

This is National School Breakfast Week and a reminder that research shows the benefits of a nutritious breakfast for all students. NEA Health information Network and Share our Strength have created great guidelines and supported schools in creating universal breakfast programs.


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