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Elementary school teacher Anthony Colucci is hopeful about the common standards, but says they're not as important as the standards he holds himself to in the classroom.

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Teacher PD Sourcebook
A Bronx teacher transforms her struggling freshman writing class into a thriving workshop by turning to older students for help. (Teacher PD Sourcebook)
Most teachers do not believe standardized tests have significant value as measures of student performance, according to a new Scholastic-Gates report. (Teacher)
Because of its emphasis in the common-core standards, millions of teachers are faced with increasing their use of nonfiction. (Education Week)
Character education and building meaningful relationships with students can be big steps in helping school communities prevent tragedies, writes Mark Hyatt. (Education Week)
John Wilson Unleashed
John Wilson emphasizes the importances of teacher preparation, both to prepare teachers effectively and raise the public perception of the profession.
Catherine Cardno provides a list of new book releases in K-12 education and classroom management.

Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo
Larry Ferlazzo invites the National PTA president and the executive director of the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project to share their insights on fostering parent engagement.
Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable
In their follow-up posts, our teacher-panelists discuss ways to maximize the potential opportunities that the Common Core State Standards brings.
Charting My Own Course
Marilyn Rhames shares a few of her most memorable report card conferences and reflects on how they helped her adjust her approach with certain students.
Living in Dialogue
Anthony Cody says that a recent survey of teachers challenges conventional assumptions about student achievement.
Teacher in a Strange Land
Nancy Flanagan says that play is not just for little kids, and it's not just about recess.
Learning Forward's PD Watch
States and districts need to address the role of the school leader in supporting and promoting implementation of the Common Core, says Joellen Killion.
Leading From the Classroom
While many schools offer new teacher mentoring programs, there is a lack of formal programs or supports for emerging teacher leaders, says Patrick Ledesma.

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


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Some states are transitioning from seat-time requirements to competency-based education, which allows students to receive credit based on what they know, instead of how much time they spend in class. Yet concerns remain about doing away with seat-time requirements.

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