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Teacher Quality

Advancing Quality Teaching - Ensuring Quality Learning

Great Teachers Creating Great Schools

We must ensure that all educators have the resources, mentoring, and support every professional needs to help students learn and grow. That’s why NEA members work passionately to ensure excellence throughout the Professional Continuum: from recruitment and preparation to career-long professional growth and accomplished practice.

Transforming school culture to create the environment for this kind of professional excellence is the subject of an NEA Expert Panel and challenging new report: Great Teaching and Learning: Creating the Culture to Support Professional Excellence. The blueprint of recommendations contained in the report are crucial work for NEA members, parents, communities, policy makers, and teacher preparation institutions. 

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Please explore this report and a companion document, Professional Growth Continuum, focusing on Educational Support Professionals who play a key role in helping to reach, teach, and inspire students. Join NEA members in pursuing the vision of these reports for our students, our profession, and all our communities!

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Preparing Teachers for Success: NEA’s Brief exploring the challenges of helping both aspiring and experienced educators confront and challenge issues of racism and bias provides an important guide for teacher preparation programs and for inservice professional development.  Read the Brief here.

Pre-service Performance Assessments Policy Brief:
Many states have incorporated pre-service performance assessments (PSPAs) into their preparation program requirements and full state licensure process. This policy brief provides an overview of pre-service performance assessments, examples of these assessments, highlights from NEA’s Performance Assessments for Pre-Service Candidates Task Force, concerns and recommendations. We encourage states and preparation partners to review this document prior to establishing implementation timelines and consequential policies.
Pre-Service Performance Assessment Policy Brief

edTPA Resource Briefs:
Designed to provide an overview of the edTPA and its tasks to our members, this series of resource briefs for teacher-candidates, cooperating teachers, and preparation program faculty are similar in content but vary by audience.
edTPA and Teacher Candidates
edTPA and Cooperating Teachers
edTPA and Preparation Program Faculty

edTPA Resources:
NEA encourages teacher-candidates to become familiar with the edTPA expectations for program completion/licensure and submission timelines. The resources below are designed to provide candidates with tools to support them on their edTPA journey. Cooperating teachers and preparation program faculty supporting edTPA candidates may also find them useful. 
Ten Tips for edTPA Candidates ( PDF)
edTPA: Step-by-Step for Candidates ( PDF)
Special Programs edTPA: Step-by-Step for Candidates ( PDF)
Elementary Education Combined Literacy and Mathematics edTPA: Step-by-Step for Candidates ( PDF)
Task 1: The Basics of Planning for Instruction and Assessment ( PDF)
Task 1 - Special Education: The Basics of Planning for Instruction and Assessment ( PDF)
Task 1: Sample Lesson Template for edTPA ( PDF)
Task 2: The Basics of Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning ( PDF)
Task 2: Choosing Recorded Clips ( PDF)
Task 3: The Basics of Assessing Student Learning ( PDF)
Task 3 – Special Education: The Basics of Assessing Student Learning ( PDF)
Task 3: Strategies for edTPA Feedback ( PDF)

Teacher Leadership Institute: A partnership of NEA, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Center for Teacher Quality, TLI provides one of the building blocks for transforming schools teacher leadership.Visit the TLI website to learn more.

Community Schools:  The community schools strategy aligns with the vision presented in the Great Teaching and Learning report, providing a culture that supports student success, while making schools the focal point for the well-being of students, families, and communities alike. Click here to learn more about community schools.


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    NEA's vision for transformative leadership that educators can deliver in a set of competencies designed for identification, reflection, guidance, and inspiration.
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    NEA commissioned a current review of teacher diversity and ways in which efforts could create parity in our public school system.
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    Designed for the profession by the profession, edTPA was developed by teachers and teacher educators from across the nation in collaboration with faculty and staff from Stanford University.
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    The NEA believes ensuring that beginning teachers are indeed profession-ready requires participation in a teacher residency program.
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    This brief addresses NEAs position on what is needed to be profession-ready on the first day of being responsible for student learning.
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    The standards help to define how teacher leadership can be distinguished from, but work in tandem with, administrative leadership roles to support effective teaching and promote student learning. (May 2011)
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    A report co-published by the Educational Testing Service and the NEA that focuses on the performance gap between White and minority teacher candidates. (March 2011)
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    Nea's a vision for transformative leadership for educators to deliver in a set of competencies to be used as resources for identification, reflection, guidance, and inspiration.
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    This NEA white paper on teacher assessment and evaluation provides a framework designed to transform education from a reward and punish system to one that supports effective teaching and student learning. (December 2010)
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    This report contains recommendations and examples of collectively bargained language, legislation, regulations, and administrative guidelines in 12 policy areas that can guide association leaders and policymakers.
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    AACTE and NEA released four policy papers that covered the topics of teacher licensure, statewide data systems, clinical teacher preparation, and effective teaching.
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    NEA president Dennis Van Roekel testified before the House Education and Labor Committee on September 30 on ensuring effective teachers for all children. His testimony highlighted NEA’s new report, “Children of Poverty Deserve Great Teachers."
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    An NEA-CTQ report on staffing high-needs schools with highly skilled teachers – the teachers essential to helping children of poverty reach 21st century learning goals.
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    Four strategies to increase the supply of teachers in high-need areas.

NEA Is Committed to Improving Teacher Quality

NEA works with researchers, educators, and policymakers to ensure qualified, competent, caring educators in every public school and classroom in the United States. NEA is committed to teacher quality in every critical component of the teacher development continuum, including

Our Positions & Actions

New Resources

Recruitment and Retention of Potential and Aspiring Educators of Color

Great Teaching and Learning Report

ESP Professional Growth Continuum

Additional Opportunities

Teacher Leadership Institute

Community Schools