Teaching as a Profession

Editor’s Note

As more and more evidence points to the impact of consistently effective teaching on student achievement, questions emerge about teaching as a profession—and as a career. This topic includes articles addressing trends and issues in teacher preparation, career development, and the day-to-day work of teaching.

Educators Speak Out

Organizations offer teachers new avenues for influencing education policy

During her first seven years of teaching, Jessica Keigan rarely contemplated education issues outside of her own school and district. A high school English teacher in the Denver suburbs, Keigan served as a department head at her school and sat on various district committees. But she did not engage in broader political debates or think much about how federal and state policies affected her work.Continue

Like Teacher, Like Student

Online PD helps teachers learn to collaborate so their students will, too

In Robbinsville, N.J., fourth-grade teacher Linda Biondi helps teachers share and critique each other’s essays on the National Writing Project’s digital writing websites. Back in the classroom, she works with her students to do the same thing—encouraging each other to dig deeper within themselves for details as they master their writing skills. Continue

A Union Takes the Lead

Paul Toner on the MTA’s controversial plan to include student scores in teacher evaluations

In this interview Paul Toner, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, explains the MTA's controversial proposal to use state test results, among other things, to rate teacher performance. Continue

Getting Serious about Induction

New programs aim to speed up learning curve for new teachers

Thousands of new teachers started this school year by participating in teacher induction programs, now required in 27 states. And as they grow in number, induction programs are changing. No longer simple orientation sessions to help teachers feel a part of a new school, they are evolving into comprehensive, formal programs to team up new teachers with savvy mentors, sometimes for multiple years.
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Teachers Helping Teachers

Lead-teacher programs that once promised to attract fresh talent to schools by providing teachers with richer opportunities have waned

Retaining the Next Generation of Teachers

The Importance of School-Based Support

Teacher Excellence

Improving the Conversation

Can Japanese Methods Translate to U.S. Schools?

Asian practice shows promise here—and highlights cultural differences

Arming New Teachers with Survival Skills

A conversation with Katherine K. Merseth about teacher education

Beefing Up Professional Development

Chicago's latest efforts aim to make learning oportunities for teachers more relevant to their classroom work

Teaching

From A Nation at Risk to a Profession at Risk?

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Teachers

School reforms are destined to fail until teaching becomes a professional career

“Research I Can Sink My Teeth Into”

Making the research-practice partnership work

Landing the “Highly Qualified Teacher”

How administrators can hire—and keep—the best


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