Teachers and Teaching

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Take Away Their Cellphones

… So we can rewire schools for belonging and achievement
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Time to Pull the Plug on Traditional Grading?

Supporters of mastery-based grading say it could promote equity
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From Zero Sum to Positive Sum

In the current system, some students succeed at the expense of others. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Teachers and supporters march from the MPS Nutrition Center to the John B. Davis Education Service Center during a rally in the first day of the teachers strike Tuesday, March 8, 2022. This is the city district's first teachers strike since 1970.

Inflation Will Put Districts in a Pickle

Adding pressure to salary negotiations for teachers and staff
At the KaiPod Learning pod in Newton, Massachusetts, students are taught one on one or in small groups by former school teachers. Students often work outdoors or while listening to music, and KaiPod provides enrichment activities tailored to students’ interests.

Some Pods Will Outlast the Pandemic

Students, parents say they appreciate the support
Begaeta Ahmic, a math teacher at Roosevelt High School, helps students with their work.

How D.C. Moved Teacher-Hiring Earlier and Used Data To Boost Quality and Diversity

“We do not want to be in a position where it’s August and we’re scrambling to fill positions”
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How a Lady Editor Turned Teaching into a Majority-Female Profession

Not only did women make better teachers than men, but they cost less, argued Sarah Josepha Hale

The Politics of Closing Schools

Teachers unions and the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe
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The Orchid and the Dandelion

New research uncovers a link between a genetic variation and how students respond to teaching. The potential implications for schools—and society—are vast.

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