There's been a lot of talk lately about how rigid standards and the focus on testing have—and will continue to—impede teachers' creativity in the classroom. However, this morning at The Inspired Teaching School in Washington, teacher creativity was in full effect.


Once again, it appears that teachers acted with near-mind-boggling composure and courage in the face danger—and quite likely saved lives in the process.


The Seattle school district announced that high schools in the city will no longer be required to administer the Measures of Academic Progress assessment—a computerized adaptive test teachers had refused to give earlier this year.


At an event in downtown Washington yesterday, panelists discussed a professional development program that brings reading and social/emotional learning together and according to several studies is having positive effects in both areas.


A 33-year-old public school teacher with Tourette Syndrome in New York tells his story, including how he ended up in the absent-teacher reserve pool.


Last week, @EdWeekTeacher gained its 50,000th follower, an accomplishment nearly four years in the making since we first opened our account.


A Nepali chemistry teacher working in Qatar, however, is now in jail for allegedly making comments to students that insulted Islam.


According to Gawker, this high school student who tells off his history teacher is from Duncanville, Texas. The speech he gives on his way out the door, above his teacher's impassive "Bye"s, is both harsh and unpredictably eloquent.


In a Slate article, Annie Murphy Paul describes the growing concern, backed by new research, that students retain less when they engage in media multitasking during learning.


Take a look at our latest Storify on Teacher Appreciation Week, which we will continue to add to until the end of the week. Read more here....


While teacher salaries continued to increase on average during the economic downturn, they did so at a much slower pace, according to a new study from NCTQ.


To honor educators this week, the Carnegie Corporation has launched a photo-sharing site on the art of great teaching.


In an encore to American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten's speech in New York City this week, which called for a moratorium on high stakes linked to common-core testing, the union released the results of a poll on how members perceive the new standards.


According to NBC News, a school in Roxbury, Mass., has seen positive effects--at least in terms of academics and school culture--from cutting back on school security, and using those funds to up arts instruction.


This Wall Street Journal interview with a recruiting director for Amazon.com has some K-12 pertinence (in a trickle-down kind of way).


A charter school in rural Oregon staged an "active shooter" drill during an in-service day last week—but they didn't tell the teachers it was only a drill.


In a recent Time article, Annie Murphy Paul writes that curiosity is what "drives us to keep learning, keep trying, keep pushing forward."


Ben Orlin, a high school math teacher in Oakland, Calif., has advice for fellow math teachers trying to reach their struggling students: Experience math failure for yourselves.


This morning, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten gave a speech in New York City in which she called for a moratorium on high stakes associated with the impending common-core tests.


In a significant moment in professional sports history, Jason Collins, a 12-year veteran of the NBA, came out today as the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. team sport--and in doing so offered a charge to teachers.


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