Who has great ideas about recruiting and retaining a high-quality teacher workforce? Teacher leaders, of course. And Kentucky knows it.
Teachers Ali Crowley and Lauren Hill will advise Kentucky policymakers as part of the Prichard Committee’s Team on Teacher Effectiveness. Crowley delivered the keynote speech at the group’s first convening in July 2012, then took part in a panel with teachers Robin Reid, Buffy Sexton, and Pat Thurman. See AP coverage of the event here.
Crowley, Hill, Reid, Sexton, and Thurman are members of CTQ’s Implementing Common Core Standards (ICCS) team.
Over the next year and a half, the Prichard Committee's Team on Teacher Effectiveness will be developing recommendations for Kentucky’s 2014 General Assembly. They will examine teacher recruitment and preparation; hiring, induction, and internships; professional development and leadership; retention and working conditions; compensation, benefits, and tenure; and teacher evaluation.
CTQ teacher leaders and staff joined 180 educators and advocates at the Department of Education in early August to talk about the future of the teaching profession. The group discussed ways teachers can take charge of the profession and drive change. "Teachers as leaders needs to be a linchpin of our efforts, not a bullet point," Ann Byrd, CTQ's COO, told the group. Go here to read more about the event.
In The Teachers of 2030: Creating a Student-Centered Profession for the 21st Century (online magazine or PDF format), Barnett Berry invites policymakers and teacher leaders to rethink today's teaching policies by imagining the knowledge, skills and qualities teachers must have in the year 2030 -- just two decades from now. To support this discussion, Berry introduces the voices of 12 accomplished American teachers who are currently writing a book on the future of teaching. This TeacherSolutions 2030 team, supported by Metlife Foundation, has identified four emergent realities that they believe will shape education over the next 20 years:
- A transformed learning ecology for students and teachers
- Differentiated professional pathways
- Seamless connections in and out of cyberspace
- Teacherpreneurism and the global educational marketplace
This monograph discusses these realities and also focuses on levers of change to address them, by building a robust and adaptable teaching profession. With study after study pointing to the powerful effects of qualified teachers and quality teaching on student achievement, it is clear that any effective vision for education’s future must focus on access for all students to excellent teaching.
Read the Future of Teaching blog.
More than 150 research studies have examined the impact of National Board Certification for teachers. But now for the first time, a team of NBCTs - members of CTQ's TeacherSolutions National Board cohort - reveal their analyses of the research from the perspective of highly accomplished teachers who have completed the process themselves and seen its impact first-hand on their practice and students.
- Click here to read their eye-opening investigation and recommendations, including a call for researchers and policymakers to begin putting a much-needed emphasis on Measuring What Matters.
- Click here to read the report's Executive Summary, including a Call to Leadership reaching out to fellow NBCTs.
- Read Education Week's analysis of the report and coverage of a policy briefing on Capitol Hill on July 17, 2008 where TeacherSolutions members shared their findings.
One of the nation's premiere education magazines, Educational Leadership, recently devoted an entire issue to the theme of Teachers as Leaders, and we are proud to say that the pages were full of TLN insights!
Click here to access the Teachers as Leaders issue, and be sure to check out the following articles:
- "Lessons from Networking" tells the story of TLN's growth as an innovative virtual learning community for highly accomplished teachers.
- TLN members Carolann Wade and Bill Ferriter reflect on how colleagues boosted their confidence as leaders in "Will You Help Me Lead?"
- "Teachers Weigh In On Performance Pay" discusses the TeacherSolutions performance-pay report, authored by expert teachers.
Award-winning California educator Anthony Cody recently joined with Center for Teaching Quality President Barnett Berry for the Retooling Schooling Program, a project of the Commonwealth Club of California.
Click here to access transcripts, videos, and other resources from the event, or jump right to these compelling audio (MP3) pieces:
- "Nebraska Got It Right" Cody explains why teachers are the best resources for demonstrating student success.
- "Five Big Stories about the Future of Teaching" Berry describes five concrete policy proposals to create a true 21st century teaching profession.
- "Teacher Unions Need New Leadership" Berry calls for the voice of teacher leaders to take center stage in the future of education.