While teachers are getting to know and becoming more comfortable with the Common Core State Standards, many still feel the presence of a dark, amorphous cloud hanging over them: the assessments.


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that 4,980 teachers earned national-board certification in 2012, pushing the total number of educators who hold the advanced professional certification to more than 100,000. In its announcement, the NBPTS also highlighted a recent report by Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research showing that teachers with national-board certification in Los Angeles outperformed their peers on the basis of student standardized-test scores in math and English. The report echoes two other recent research studies on the effectiveness of board-certified teachers, according to the NBPTS. The organization reports there are now ...


A Huffington Post article says that, in a kind of backlash against the test-driven curricula that have prevailed in many schools over the past decade, there's a growing interest among educators and parents in giving kids more hands-on, experiential learning projects. One example of the reported movement: The Maker Education Initiative, created by the founders of Make magazine and the exploding network of Maker Faires, is launching Maker Corps, where hundreds of young adults will be working with schools and community programs to embed hands-on learning projects into their lessons and activities. The organization also hosts a blog that teachers ...


Some 600 educators have reportedly applied to take part in a free firearms training course being offered this spring in Ohio in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.


Azul Terronez, an 8th grade Humanities teacher at High Tech Middle in San Diego, explains that within project-based learning, students explore and make discoveries (i.e., learn) through the project itself.


Teachers and other school-based educators in Delaware will soon be able to anonymously air their grievances (and commendations) about the working conditions at their schools through an online survey.


Michael Petrilli of the conservative-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Institute dubs Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, the "2012 Education Person of the Year." But the real education people of the year gave their lives for their students at Sandy Hook.


Educators dissect the language in the Common Core State Standards requiring teachers to assign more nonfiction texts.


According to our metrics, teacher-readers this year were most interested in articles about on-the-ground classroom strategies, including grouping, tech use, and relationship-building.


An educator warns that the centrality of standardized tests in math—particularly vis-a-vis teacher evaluations—may reduce the flexibility teachers' need to engage students in the subject.


Here are the most popular Teaching Now blog posts from the last 12 months, ranked by the number of page views received.


A new research study finds that, when it comes to student growth in mathematics, motivation and effective study skills are more important than sheer intelligence.


A new report looking at volunteering and civic engagement in the U.S. found that the most popular places for parents to volunteer were schools and other youth organizations.


Almost half of parents pay kids at least $1 for getting an A," reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a July poll conducted for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


A number of educator-bloggers have drawn inspiration and a sense of professsional strength from the Sandy Hook teachers' actions.


President Obama's statement on the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.


For several years now, teacher evaluation has dominated education-policy discussions--but for the most part, the country's 430,000 special education teachers have been left out of the discussion.


An Ohio teacher is feeling the wrath of reproving parents and administrators after penning an erotic novel.


NYC teacher Ariel Sacks digs into ancient Eastern spiritual writings (and Facebook) to come up with a kind of koan on classroom management.


In a Huffington Post piece, two Google executives write about what they perceive as a "major flaw" in the Common Core State Standards: It doesn't address computer science.


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