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Teacher Leaders Network
Technology integration expert and high school teacher Jennifer Barnett offers tips on how to support learning and familiarize students with technology when classroom digital tools are limited.

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Along with changes to retirement and insurance plans, Alabama no longer reimburses teachers for the out-of-pocket money they spend on school supplies. (McClatchy-Tribune)
The regents have approved multiple teacher-training approaches, including giving nonuniversity programs authority to grant master's degrees. (Education Week)
Experts say cheating comes with the territory, but split on whether the solution is better security or lowering the stakes. (Education Week)
At a time when a majority of states may be falling short of federal testing goals, a report suggests that students in the Title I program for disadvantaged students are making progress. (Education Week)
Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall writes that she regrets not having done more to prevent cheating on state tests, but that many of the gains in the Atlanta public schools were real. (Education Week)

Education Week Teacher's editorial blog, Teaching Now, provides the latest news, ideas, and resources for teacher leaders. Comments welcome.

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Charting My Own Course
Marilyn Rhames points out the similarities between being a doctor and being a teacher as she reflects on the first student she tried to save.
Unwrapping the Gifted
Tamara Fisher describes the ways people around the world can celebrate and raise awareness about giftedness.
Living in Dialogue
The U.S. Department of Education is trying to drive reform with their version of Behavior Bucks—and it isn't working, says Anthony Cody.
Teacher in a Strange Land
Nancy Flanagan says the number of attendees at the Save Our Schools March isn't as important as what actually drove people to come.
A Place at the Table
Susan Graham discusses her middle school Family and Consumer Science curriculum, and the life skills that students take away from it.
Coach G's Teaching Tips
David Ginsburg says teachers should create a network of mentors rather than rely on just one person.
The Book Whisperer
Donalyn Miller questions a recent article claiming that reading is a pastime accessible to a privileged few.
Leading From the Classroom
Patrick Ledesma discusses teacher "leadership" opportunities versus "extra responsibility" experiences.
Learning Forward's PD Watch
The director of Learning Forward's Center for Results asks: If school staffs aren't ready to dream big, how will they accomplish the difficult task of transformation?
On Performance
An insurance company is actively recruiting former or would-be-former teachers to sell insurance, points out principal Justin Baeder.

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Wise Words for Teachers

In her first blog post on Education Week Teacher, charter school teacher Marilyn Rhames discusses the four words that changed her teaching life. When a veteran teacher walked into the lounge to hear a group of colleagues one-upping each other with classroom horror stories, he said, "It happened to them." Rhames says she will never again forget that kids feel the effects of such classroom stories for the rest of their lives, while adults can eventually tell them for entertainment.

Are there any lessons or words of advice from a mentor that ring in your ears as you teach? What words of wisdom do you wish all teachers could hear? Join the discussion!

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Using a "train the trainer" approach, Hillsborough County, Fla., is immersing teams from every elementary, middle, and high school in a deep content dive into the standards, digging especially into their "text complexity" demands. Cleveland is focusing first on K-2, with teachers doing the nitty-gritty work of revamping their scope and sequence and assembling instructional materials aligned to the standards.

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Real-World Learning: Creating Authentic Lessons in Math and Reading

The Spring 2011 issue of the Teacher PD Sourcebook is now online. This issue looks at how innovative educators are working to build stronger connections between math and literacy instruction and students' own lives. See the complete table of contents.

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