Excellent Educators for Each and Every Child
There is growing demand from parents, practitioners and policymakers for more visionary thinking around teaching quality. We are committed to pushing a comprehensive agenda for ensuring a diverse, talented and sustainable teaching force that can prepare all students for college, career & life.
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Yet low-income students and students of color are far less likely to have access to well-prepared and effective teachers, as are students with disabilities and English learners. In many communities, students experience a revolving door of untrained and under-supported novice teachers who cannot support student achievement.
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Strengthening Educator Recruitment, Development, and Support through ESSA Implementation
June 23, 2016
The Coalition for Teaching Quality (Coalition), a group of more than 100 national, state and local teacher, principal, civil rights, disability, rural, youth, higher education, and related education advocacy organizations will hold two briefings on Capitol Hill on how ESSA can strengthen educator recruitment, development, and support. During these briefings, the Coalition will release three consensus policy papers on teacher and principal recruitment, professional learning and growth, and leadership.
“We’re excited that today the Coalition released three consensus policy papers to help inform state and district implementation of ESSA. The more than 100 member organizations of the Coalition – which represent the collective voice of the profession – are ready to partner with Congressional, state, and local policy leaders to move this work forward and use these recommendations as blueprints for action,” said Coalition Co-Chairs Jessica Cardichon (Alliance for Excellent Education), Seth Gerson (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards) and Kelly Pollitt (National Association of Elementary School Principals).
Throughout the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Coalition advocated for policy solutions that seek to advance educational opportunities for traditionally underserved students, specifically students from low-income families, students of color, students with disabilities and English Language Learners, who often do not have access to well-prepared and effective educators. As states and districts begin to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the coalition is working with the U.S. Department of Education and Congress to ensure the new law’s intent is met: to provide a well-prepared and effective educator in every classroom.
At House and Senate briefings hosted separately by Ranking Member of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Patty Murray (WA) and member of the House Education Committee, Representative Glenn Thompson (PA-5), practitioners from across the country will illustrate how ESSA can help strengthen and diversify the educator pipeline; address teacher shortages and retention; provide ongoing support and leadership opportunities for educators; and support the implementation of equity plans to ensure equitable access to effective teachers.
“We all remember a teacher who had a special impact on us—a teacher who stayed late to give extra help; who organized a fundraiser to afford a school field trip or even brought in their own classroom supplies. So it's not surprising that research shows that teachers are the most important in-school factor for improving student achievement,” said Senator Patty Murray, D-WA, who is hosting the Senate briefing. “The Every Student Succeeds Act provides states with important tools to support our nation’s teachers, including tools to address current teacher shortages through recruitment, training, and ongoing professional development. I'm so proud that the Seattle Teacher Residency was featured today to discuss the outstanding work it is doing to prepare teachers in Washington state and how ESSA can support the important work they do. I look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders in Washington state to ensure we empower teachers and school leaders with a voice at the table and with the support and resources they need to help our students learn, grow, and thrive no matter where they live, how they learn, or how much money their parents make.”
The new papers follow the 2014 release of the Coalition’s first two policy papers: (1) A Policy Roadmap to Transforming the Teaching and Principal Professions, which outlined a framework for building a continuum of teaching excellence that begins in preparation and leads to accomplished practice and the opportunity to serve in leadership roles; and (2) Profession-Ready Teachers and Principals, which provided measures to provide every student with a well-prepared and profession-ready teacher and principal.
The Coalition for Teaching Quality represents more than 100 national civil rights, disability, parent, student, community and education organizations advocating for all students to have access to fully prepared and effective educators.
Below is a listing some of the most recent related education statements, letters, and postings. Visit the archive.
How to get effective teachers in the most needy schools
Dec. 8, 2013 - Washington Post
Time To Change The Way We Ensure Quality Teachers
Dec. 6, 2013 - Education Opportunity Network
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