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Weekend Reading: How Teach for America is changing its recruiting process

Teach For America places teachers in low-income districts across the country.
Teach For America places teachers in low-income districts across the country.
  • The co-CEO of Teach for America explains how, in response to the organization’s recruiting challenges, it is starting the process earlier and customizing teaching positions to applicants’ interests. Fortune
  • A Center for American Progress analyst argues that if we really want to show appreciation for teachers, we would give them a raise. U.S. News & World Report
  • Comedian Stephen Colbert is helping fund every grant request from South Carolina teachers on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose, with nearly $800,000 going to more than 800 teachers at 375 schools. The Greenville News
  • And, in response to the clip, a Pearson official defends testing’s role in ensuring equity for students. The Washington Post
  • Data from 13 million students who took international math exams show that those who think of math as a set of connected ideas do better than those who memorize steps. The Hechinger Report
  • HBO’s John Oliver takes on standardized testing, arguing that tests are taking too big a toll on students. YouTube
  • One advocate takes John Oliver to task over his logic, but also concedes that the education field needs a better sense of humor. Justin Cohen
  • Two new reports suggest that schools should be skipping more high-achieving children through grades, but district policies often get in the way. NPR Ed
  • More schools serving low-income students are making it a priority to get kids taking Advanced Placement classes. WUNC
  • During Teacher Appreciation Week, a look at some of pop culture’s more nuanced depictions of the profession. The Washington Post
  • Michael Petrilli argues that one reason the opt-out movement is bigger in New York and New Jersey than elsewhere in the country is the strength of teachers unions. Flypaper

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