Thanksgiving Inspiration for America's Teachers

As our way of expressing gratitude for the hard work educators do, we have compiled some of our favorite inspirational posts from the EdWeek archives into a Storify to serve as a pick-me-up for any teachers who might need an extra boost this time of year the year.

Dead-Animal Incidents Raise Tensions in Teachers' Strike in Affluent Pa. District

The teachers strike Peters Township, Pa., has become particularly ugly over the past couple weeks, with reports of protesters dropping dead animals along the teachers' picket line.

Survey Asks Californians If They Want Good Teachers (They Do!)

A new survey finds that Californians show concern about teaching shortages.

Anxiously Waiting on SAT Scores? Study Suggests a Little Stress Is Good

For students, waiting on the results of a test isn't always easy, but sometimes it can be emotionally rewarding.

Michigan's Teacher Evaluation Law Sets New Standards

The new law evaluates both teachers' and administrators' performance through the use of multiple rating categories, based on student growth and assessment results.

Streamlining Teacher Certification Is Harder Than It Might Seem

New reports from Minnesota show that the State Board of Teaching isn't satisfying critics' calls to ease the licensure process for out-of-state teachers.

National Board Appoints a New President, the First to Ever Be Board-Certified

Peggy Brookins, a former math teacher in Florida, will officially take charge of the NBPTS after serving as interim president and CEO since this past summer.

Can You Explain Sound to a 5th Grader?

Now in its fifth year, the Flame Challenge dares scientists to explain the concept of sound to young students.

In Wake of Spring Valley, Teachers Share Ideas on De-Escalating Conflicts

How can teachers effectively de-escalate conflicts with students?

North Carolina Teacher Salaries Rise and Fall and (Sorta) Rise Again

Starting salaries for North Carolina teachers are now the highest they've ever been, but salaries for established teachers aren't.

Survey Explores Why People Go Into Teaching in the First Place

Ninety-three percent of teachers say that the prospect of making a difference in students' lives played a critical role in attracting them to the profession, according to a new United Kingdom-based survey.

Don't Be the Teacher Who Screws Up Halloween

It's almost Halloween. This is a moment of the year that everyone can enjoy. It's also going to be a week where you see the tangible outcome of poor judgment.

San Francisco Scrambles to Make Housing More Affordable for Teachers

The plan would finance a 100-unit housing complex for educators in the increasingly high-rent city.

Happy 'Back to the Future' Day! What Was Teaching Like Back in 1985?

What was in the pages of Education Week while Marty McFly was getting set to hoverboard through the future? An argument about the viability of teaching as a profession.

Understanding Teachers' Strikes: Where They Happen and How Often

There haven't been an inordinate number of teachers' strikes this year, but two states are responsible for most of them over the past five years.

Principal Has All Her Teachers' Desks Thrown Out

Teachers at a New York elementary school are getting their furniture back after they were suddenly ordered to remove all desks and cabinets from their classrooms last week.

Report: Legendary L.A. Teacher Rafe Esquith Fired for Misconduct

The Los Angeles Board of Education has voted to fire renowned elementary school teacher Rafe Esquith amid allegations of misconduct, including that he inappropriately touched minors, according to the L.A. Times.

Frustrated Seattle Parent Donates $70,000 to Save Teacher's Job

Brian Jones wanted to bring attention to what he sees as negligence on the part of lawmakers and education leaders.

White House Honors Student Poets

The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities honored five high school students as the 2015 class of the National Student Poets Program.

A Plan to Update Shakespeare to Modern English Causes Consternation

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival rocked the literary world at the end of September with a bold announcement: Festival organizers are commissioning the translation of 39 Shakespearean plays into Modern English.

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