Strengthening Pathways of Professional Learning and Growth for Teachers and Principals

Every student deserves to be taught and led by excellent teachers and school leaders. Unfortunately, many high-need schools and students, especially low-income students, students of color, and students with disabilities, do not have equitable access to well-prepared and well-supported educators. To address this reality, policies must be shaped by a comprehensive vision of teaching quality, not just educator effectiveness. Help us state our case to legislators throughout the country.

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In order to ensure that profession-ready teachers and principals1 advance from novices to accomplished profes­sionals, strong professional learning and growth systems must be in place to provide comprehensive support and tailored learning opportunities for each stage of the career.

As with other professions that provide scaffolded support and strong mentoring, this professional learning and growth system should foster a supportive school envi­ronment and should be built on the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that characterize a teacher’s and principal’s practice at each stage of his or her career.

 

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