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Excellent Teachers for Each and Every Child

Educators, Researchers and Advocates Release Teaching Quality Policy Road Map

- December 02, 2013 -

A groundbreaking policy guide released today provides state lawmakers and education advocates with a blueprint for practical changes to improve teaching quality in America—one of the most critical factors to support student success. The guide recommends policies based on research and state models that have been highly effective in developing and sustaining talented and diverse teaching forces that prepare all students for college, career and life.

“Excellent Teachers for Each and Every Child: A Guide for State Policy” was created by seven organizations representing millions of students, parents, educators, and thought leaders nationwide.

The guide’s recommendations draw from substantial research evidence on teacher effectiveness and from the practices of high-achieving nations like Finland and Singapore. The document includes go-to resources for policymakers and advocates, such as:

  • Recommended action steps to support policymaking and agenda-setting.
  • Model legislation language and examples of successful state policies that improve teacher diversity, set a high entry bar for educators, establish career ladders and professional learning standards for teachers, fund a sustainable teaching force, and support evaluation models that drive meaningful professional growth.
  • Summary recommendations on recruitment, preparation, professional development, evaluation, teaching and learning conditions, funding, and ways to develop coherent and systemic policy.

This guide provides comprehensive and practical tools for state, district, school and classroom decision makers who aim to support all students to succeed.

Contact: NEA Communications, 202-822-7823