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March 10, 2014

Study Links Teacher 'Grit' with Effectiveness, Retention

Novice teachers with persistence or "grit" are more likely to be effective and less likely to quit midyear, according to a new study.

March 07, 2014

Should Teachers Stop Fighting for Tenure?

One of the most contested points of teacher contracts is the issue of tenure. Hardline education reformers argue that tenure protects underperforming teachers, which ends up punishing the students. Teachers unions challenge (among other reasons) that with the ever-changing landscape of K-12 education, including evaluation systems, tenure is necessary to protect the jobs of excellent teachers who could otherwise be ousted unfairly.

March 06, 2014

'I Know It's Good 'Cause I Practiced It'

A classroom lesson shows the importance of having students assess their work against "real" standards of excellence.

March 05, 2014

The Importance of Critical Optimism

Researchers find that that the best way to get more people to teach or lead for deeper learning was for them to experience deeper learning themselves.

February 28, 2014

For Teacher Job Applicants, Study Finds It's All About Location, Location, Location

A pair of studies on teacher job searches find that teachers' perceptions of neighborhood and district locations guide their decisions during job searches.

February 26, 2014

Teachers at Chicago School Plan Boycott of State Test

Teachers at an elementary school in Chicago have made the bold move of announcing that they will refuse to administer state-mandated standardized tests that are scheduled to start next week.

February 24, 2014

School: A Zone of Privacy and Innovation

Secretary Duncan is addressing the Common Sense Media School Privacy Zone Summit today in Washington. I hope he acknowledges that student privacy is paramount--and so is student learning. We can and must craft updates to public education policy that reflect new opportunities as well as new concerns.

February 17, 2014

Teachers - The Greatest Common-Core Casualty?

Common Core has certainly changed the K-12 classroom scene in its short implementation and perhaps the group that has suffered the most during the transition period is teachers. In many cases, educators are being asked to accomplish the impossible: prepare students for new test standards without the right training or curriculum to get there.

February 14, 2014

Online Chat: Helping Teachers Make Wise Use of Technology

Join Education Week on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. ET, for an online chat about innovative approaches for training teachers how to use technology more effectively.

February 14, 2014

Superstar Teachers - The Super Cure for Closing the Achievement Gap?

I also think it is unfair to count on, or to blame, teachers solely for the performance of their students. Yes, they play a role in shaping the young minds in their classrooms and yes, they should be held accountable for that. It seems to me that the root of issues in classrooms that tend to cause the most problems for students (like poverty and ill-equipped or uninvolved parents) should be the target of any true reform.

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