Here are the most popular Teaching Now blog posts from the last 12 months.


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this week that 4,117 teachers received certification from the group in 2013—down 17 percent from the previous year and more than 50 percent from 2008.


More than two decades after Illinois enacted a law that requires public schools to teach African-American studies, the 404,000-student Chicago school district announced a new curriculum guide for incorporating the subject into core classes.


Media outlets have been publishing gift suggestions for teachers in the past few weeks, so we compiled a list of the most popular ideas for teachers this year.


A new study by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggests tablet-computer simulation programs can significantly boost students' grasp of difficult scientific concepts.


In the United States, there was no statistical difference between boys' and girls' scores in either math or science on the 2012 PISA test.


Today, PBS LearningMedia, a classroom-resource hub for teachers, announced its 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program.


At a conference keynote, education advocate Pedro Noguera said that inequity is deeply ingrained in the U.S. education system because, in American society, the pursuit of excellence is often seen as being "at odds with equity."


A new campaign for Computer Science Education Week is attempting to get 10 million K-12 students to spend an hour learning how to code.


A teacher has developed a formula to debate topics like gun control with her middle school students.


How do you capture the life of a liberation leader, political prisoner, and president who helped end a nation's system of racial oppression? How do you convey his place in history for students?


A new survey out of the United Kingdom finds that, despite their apparent absorbtion in digital devices, young people still seem to like their books in printed form. Meanwhile, The New York Times examines the curious "staying power" of the book.


Surveys by the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles and the United Teachers of Los Angeles reveal discrepancies in teacher and administrator reactions to the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1-billion iPad program, The L.A. Times reports.


Austin, Texas, elementary school teacher Emily E. Smith argues that classroom-design conventions are in need of a serious upgrade. She explains how, to create a more creative space for learning, she reconfigured her own classroom based on photos of successful tech startup offices


In an Ill. elementary school, students switch classes so teachers can focus on particular subject areas as the school adapts to the Common Core State Standards.


T.H.E Journal compiles nine tips on for teachers interested in flipping their classrooms—defined as having students watch videos lessons on their own while reserving classtime for more one-on-one instruction and active learning.


Most of the K-12 education-policy world has spent the last several years obsessing over ways to improve teaching, but as The Chronicle of Higher Education noted recently there has been no parallel movement in higher education.


Five teachers from across the United States were awarded the Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence. The winners receive $10,000 each.


This Friday, Nov. 22, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Because Kennedy's life and death remain such a deep source of public fascination—and because he was such a central figure in 20th-century political history—many educators are viewing this as a significant teaching moment.


In a captivating keynote last Sunday at the Learning & the Brain conference in Boston, G. Christian Jernstedt, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College, discussed some broad brain-science principles regarding how people learn that may be helpful for classroom educators.


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