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Teaching to and Beyond the Test: The Influence of Mandated Accountability Testing in One Social Studies Teacher’s Classroom

by Jacob Neumann
This paper addresses the still-contested understanding of the relationship between teaching and mandated accountability testing. Based on two years of fieldwork and grounded in the narrative inquiry tradition, this paper presents a fine-grained analysis of the influence testing has on teaching in one social studies teacher’s classroom. Contrary to the position that mandated testing breeds “multiple-choice teaching” and a “just the facts, ma’am” approach to social studies, this study finds that deep and authentic teaching and learning are not incommensurable with mandated testing.
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(Over)Simplifying Complexity? Interrogating the Press for More Complex Text

by Lauren Anderson & Jamy Stillman
This research comment reports on preliminary findings from a study that explores how teachers navigate Common Core State Standards implementation in the area of language arts. It focuses specifically on the challenges that arose as a team of bilingual teachers worked to make sense of the CCSS emphasis on text complexity and engage young students around complex, informational texts.
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Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies

by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
reviewed by Vanessa P. Dennen


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Placing Practitioner Knowledge at the Center of Teacher Education

by Margaret Macintyre Latta & Susan Wunder (Eds.)
reviewed by Jenice L. View


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The Politics of Race, Class and Special Education

by Sally Tomlinson
reviewed by Rhodesia McMillian & Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas


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Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Youth: Schools, Families, and Communities in Action

by Elizabeth J. Meyer & Annie Pullen Sansfaçon (Eds.)
reviewed by Hilary Lustick


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Negotiating Privilege and Identity in Educational Contexts

by Adam Howard, Brianne Wheeler, & Aimee Polimeno
reviewed by Elizabeth Silva



Education researcher Antero Garcia discusses his co-authored TC Record article, “So We Have to Teach Them or What?”: Introducing Preservice Teachers to the Figured Worlds of Urban Youth Through Digital Conversation. Watch and discuss this episode of The Voice on Vialogues.

Commentary

Hands Behind Your Back

by Samina Hadi-Tabassum
This commentary addresses turn around schools in Chicago.
Editorial

Annual Yearbooks for 2015

by Gary Natriello
The editors of the Teachers College Record are pleased to announce the Annual Yearbooks for 2015.


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