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A Special Kind of Ambition: The Role of Personality in the Retention of Academically Elite Teachers

by Brady K. Jones
This article explores the role of personality in teacher retention using a rich set of quantitative and qualitative measures. The author finds that despite stereotypes of American teachers as unambitious, a “special kind of ambition," self-promotion coupled with a commitment to others, predicts a long-term commitment to the occupation.
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From Checklists to Heuristics: Designing MOOCs to Support Teacher Learning

by Karen Brennan, Sarah Blum-Smith & Maxwell M. Yurkofsky
This study examines Massive Open Online Courses as a medium for supporting teacher professional learning. The authors present qualities that teachers found meaningful in an online learning experience, offering heuristics that designers might consider when designing for their specific contexts.
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Book Reviews

Everyday Advocacy: Teachers Who Change the Literacy Narrative

by Cathy Fleischer & Antero Garcia
reviewed by Lily Gates


Ready or Not: Early Care and Education’s Leadership Choices—12 Years Later

by Stacie G. Goffin & Valora Washington
reviewed by Faiza M. Jamil


Building, Maintaining, and Repairing Relationships: This Room of Earth and Sky

by Jerry Worley & Logan Roshell
reviewed by Susan Chambers Cantrell


The Chicana/o/x Dream: Hope, Resistance, and Educational Success

by Gilberto Q. Conchas & Nancy Acevedo
reviewed by Blanca Rincón & Érica Fernández


On Thursday, February 18th, 2021, Teachers College Record hosted an important behind-the-scenes virtual talk about navigating the publication process. Members of the TCR Editorial team joined as panelists and answered questions from graduate students and emerging scholars. This is part one of our two-part All Access: Unwritten Rules of Academic Publishing series. A recording of the second event will be available soon.Watch and discuss this episode on Vialogues.

Publishing in TCR
To submit work to the Teachers College Record, please use our online submission system. To access the system, use the link "Submit My Work," found in the Member Center. The submission system will explain our publishing guidelines, and will allow you to upload your manuscript. Please consult the following Editorials for additional information.

Envisioning the Future of TCR

by Michelle G. Knight-Manuel
Leveraging the strengths of the journal, welcoming more inclusivity, and enhancing their digital presence animates new directions for engaging the broader national and international educational community in service of the public good.
Accelerating Network-Based Change
by Elizabeth Chu, Ayeola Kinlaw & Meghan Snyder
This fractured school year has made more visible what students, families, and educators know all too well: Our education system is broken. It disproportionately fails Black, Latino, and low-income children, and there is no silver-bullet solution in sight. The inequities are too complex and entrenched to be remedied by any one-size-fits-all approach. Drawing on innovations long used in healthcare, improvement networks offer a path forward. Improvement networks consist of coalitions of schools and other education actors that use continuous improvement practices to develop solutions for systemic problems, customized to each of their contexts.
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