Students in North Carolina will now have to think twice before posting disparaging comments about their teachers on social media sites.


The U.S. needs many more public high schools that "focus exclusively on high-ability, highly motivated students," posits Chester E. Finn Jr., the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, in a recent New York Times op-ed.


Diane Ravitch argues that, regardless of the exact details of the contract, the teachers came out victorious in the Chicago strike simply by displaying their strength.


An interesting NPR story excavates some psychological research from the 1960s showing that teachers' expectations for students can have a profound effect on their intellectual development. Why? In a nutshell, because teachers interact differently with the kids they expect to do better: As [Harvard Professor Robert] Rosenthal did more research, he found that expectations affect teachers' moment-to-moment interactions with the children they teach in a thousand almost invisible ways. Teachers give the students that they expect to succeed more time to answer questions, more specific feedback, and more approval: They consistently touch, nod and smile at those kids more. The ...


As a result of a $2.8 million "budget error," the Nampa School District in Idaho will soon run out of money for substitute teachers, reports the Idaho Press-Tribune. The solution? Rely on volunteers to do the job.


The showdown in the nation's third-largest school system holds implications for the national school reform agenda and carries political reverberations as well.


Commentators flesh out issues and take sides in the Chicago teachers' strike.


The Newseum in Washington has just launched Decision 2012: Exploring Elections and the Media, an online resource for teaching about the presidential campaign and election.


Responding to a cheating scandal at Harvard, renowned developmental psychologist Howard Gardner worries that elite students' relentless drive for success, fueled by what he refers to as "market ways of thinking," has crippled their moral sense


A new research study out of the University of California, Los Angeles, reports the "somewhat surprising" finding that spending extra time studying tends to negatively affect high school students' academic performance in school the next day. But there's also a perfectly logical explanation for this: When students study more, the researchers found, they tend to sleep less.


In a thought-provoking blog post, middle school teacher and writer Heather Wolpert-Gawron describes her approach to answering a weighty and potentially offensive student question.


While kids today have a seemingly innate facility with technology, they are quick to become impatient and discouraged when faced with complex tasks involving digital tools, according to the authors of an article in Scientific American.


By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk This item originally appeared on Education Week's Teacher Beat blog. Unable to reach a contract with the school district, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union today filed a notice of intent to strike with the state's labor relations board, a move that allows the union to form the picket line as soon as 10 days from now. While no strike date is set as yet—the union's governing body will meet next Thursday to decide those steps—the 10-day authorization would make Sept. 10 the first workday in which a walkout could occur. To...


A recent nationwide survey conducted by AdoptAClassroom.org points to the types of out-of-pocket expenses that teachers spend on their students and classrooms, which include school supplies, clothing, food, and personal items that their students' parents cannot afford.


In a heartfelt post about dropping his son off for his first day of school, education writer and activist Sam Chaltain explains that, despite his instinctive parental desire for his son to have a perfect classroom experience, he recognizes that teachers, "like the rest of us ... are works in progress." It's easy to lose sight of the fact that classroom teachers face "monumental, sometimes insurmountable challenges"—and that they are not in teaching for the money. He goes on: We know this. Yet we also tolerate or participate in conversations about school reform that paint teachers into a two-dimensional corner—you're...


As we reported in 2009, Tony Danza, the actor best known for playing the loveable housekeeper in the 1980's sitcom "Who's the Boss," spent a year teaching at a public high school in Philadelphia. And now—surprise, surprise—he's written a book about the experience. In a related opinion piece in USA Weekend, Danza shares some of the lessons he learned from having "gone toe-to-toe with a class of Philadelphia 10th-graders for an entire year." The piece is not an attempt to guide policy or even stake a claim in the reform debate. The takeaways are few and simplistic....


As educators head back to school, what are they most excited about? What are their biggest fears? What are they planning to change this school year? We polled Education Week readers to find out. Read more here....


Continuing his search for answers to schools' writing-instruction problems, Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews profiles Rick Cannon, a renowned English teacher at an all-boys Catholic high school in Washington. For more than 30 years, Mathews reports, Cannon has been getting glowing results from an "uncompromising," old-school approach to teaching composition. Among the master's tactics: Cannon insists, with parents' help, that students do their writing in long-hand as much as possible (as a way of slowing them down); he is near-fanatical about the importance of constant revision for anyone who is not at the approximate level of Shakespeare; he warns ...


The Associated Press reported this week that a former teacher who is now running for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in Michigan was issued a written reprimand this past June by his school for "intimidating and threatening students by grabbing their desks, yelling in their faces and slamming his fists on their desks."


Here's a unique news item: At a time of widespread budget-cutting and job uncertainty in education, the St. Paul, Minn., school district actually added 110 teaching positions this summer. The new positions, according to the Pioneer Press, are part of a district reform effort that, among other things, aims to even out class sizes and give teachers more time to work together on planning and examining student data. Funding for the new positions (in case you're wondering, as I was) comes from a whopping $17 million increase in the district's budget—paid for, according to the Pioneer Press story, by an...


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