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New Blog! TOP
Road Diaries: Teacher of the Year
We are pleased to welcome National Teacher of the Year Anthony Mullen as our newest Teacher blogger.
Mr. Mullen, a former New York City police officer, is a special education teacher at an alternative high school in Connecticut. As Teacher of the Year, he will travel the country, speaking to educators and reformers about what he sees as the greatest problem in American education: this country’s high dropout rate.
In his first entry, he tells the story of his meeting with President Obama.
See all Teacher blogs.
Top Stories TOP
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Teacher Leaders Network
Anthony Cody offers advice on managing hands-on learning projects at the start of the school year.
A multi-billion dollar grant progam for states centers around changes affecting the teaching profession.
A new study’s findings have implications for how schools are staffed and educators are paid, researchers say. (Education Week)
The nation’s largest school district will offer free swine flu vaccinations to more than one million students this fall.
Teachers, once among the groups exempted from furlough days, are being forced to take unpaid days off amid massive state budget cuts.
The lawsuit from the union’s insurance fund alleges that former officials and financial advisers mismanaged a long-term disability trust. (AP)
Renowned educator Rafe Esquith discusses his latest book and his philosophy on helping students thrive.
With school starting, concerns about the value and purpose of student homework are renewed. (AP)
Upcoming Chat TOP
Emerging Mobile Technologies for K-12 Classrooms
Thursday, September 3, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern time
Because of their low cost and ubiquity, an increasing number of educators are considering the use of mobile devices, such as cellphones, netbooks, GPS systems, digital recorders, and MP3 players, in the classroom. When harnessed properly, supporters say, these devices can open up new educational opportunities for students. But some critics feel such devices are more of a distraction or annoyance than a learning tool. Our guests will discuss which mobile technologies are best for the classroom, when they should or should not be used, and which emerging mobile technologies will have a significant impact on K-12 education.
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Teacher Blogs TOP
Teacher's look at what's new and noteworthy in educator blogs. Recently: Back-to-School Blues, Ice-Breakers, Classroom as Entertainment?, and more.
Living in Dialogue
The Attorney General in Calif. blasts the Education Department’s proposed Race to the Top guidelines, saying they favor “top down, Washington driven standardization. …”
The Book Whisperer
Donalyn Miller pays tribute to Reading Rainbow, the 26-year-old PBS reading program that aired its final episode last Friday.
Teaching Generation Tech
Teacher Katie Hanifin has taken a job instructional designer on a video game for learning. But what does that mean?
A Place at the Table
Susan Graham wonders whether the government's plan for addressing the H1N1 influenza this fall aligns with the reality of what schools can do.
Unwrapping the Gifted?
Tamara Fisher wonders if the Response to Intervention model overlooks the needs of gifted students in favor of those who struggle academically.
Education Week's Spotlight Series TOP
Spotlight on Charter School Leadership
Charter schools depend on a range of factors for success. One critical element for many is effective leadership. This “Spotlight” examines the ways schools cultivate new leaders and the many strengths and skills those leaders must draw upon. Check it out now.
View the complete collection of Education Week’s Spotlights here.
Professional Development Resources TOP
Advance Your Practice
Looking for professional development ideas and activities for the new school year? Browse the Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook's exclusive resource directory. Check out listings in English/Reading, Differentiated Instruction, Effective Teaching Strategies, At-Risk Students and more.
Providers: Update or submit your listings now for inclusion in the fall issue of the Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook.
Education Week Leadership Forums TOP
Smart Ed-Tech Strategies For Tough Times
September 17, 2009: Chicago, Illinois
September 25, 2009: Jersey City, New Jersey
Mark your calendar and join us at this one-day Education Week Leadership Forum to learn about the ed-tech strategies that will make a difference to your district RIGHT NOW. Click below for the full agenda:
Bring a colleague to lock in extra savings. Register two or more people and EACH of you will save $50 off the already low registration rate!
Web Watch TOP
Our Web Watch feature is now a daily blog! Get the latest and most provocative education news for teachers. Comments welcome.
Ramping up New-Teacher Support
A training program in Mass. aims to give new teachers more hands-on support during their first year.
Reading to the Test?
Parents in Durham, N.C., worry that a new, district-wide reading curriculum may dampen kids' enthusiasm for books.
Top Jobs from
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+ Special Education Teachers, Hawaii Department of Education, HI
+ Literacy Education, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
+ Reading Specialist, Center City Public Charter Schools, Inc., Washington, DC
+ Certified Math, Science, & Special Education Teachers, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Los Angeles, CA
+ Middle School Teachers: Math, Science, Art & Spanish,, Consortium of Catholic Academies, Washington, DC
+ Faculty, Educational Administration,, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Reader Poll TOP
Swine Flu Preparation
Do you feel your school is prepared to handle the swine flu?
Add your vote to our online poll.
See the results of previous polls.
Education Week Events

Chat Emerging Mobile Technologies for K-12 Classrooms Chat Sept. 03, 11:00 a.m. Eastern
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Live Event Smart Ed-Tech Strategies for Tough Times Live Event Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m. Eastern
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Live Event Smart Ed-Tech Strategies for Tough Times Live Event Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m. Eastern
Jersey City, NJ

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