Teacher Prep Tag

Robert Pianta Emphasizes Importance of Teacher Prep

Robert Pianta, dean and professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Education, authored an opinion piece in the Huffington Post on the recent decision to overturn regulations under ESSA. Pianta argued that eliminating teacher regulations and budget proposals “not only signal a retreat from...

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Teach Plus Fellow Stresses the Important Opportunities Under ESSA

Sarah White, fifth grade teacher and Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow, stressed the important opportunity that states have under ESSA to “reinvent professional development practices.” White called for the usage of Title II funds to “focus on developing and implementing long-term, teacher-led, and selected opportunities for...

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The Importance of Teacher Leadership Under ESSA

Massachusetts ESL teacher and Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow Alicia Serafin authored an opinion piece in the Huffington Post on the importance of teacher leadership under ESSA. Serafin encouraged states to “seize this opportunity” to “encourage, develop, and promote teachers to continue to...

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Organizations Combine Efforts to Improve Teacher Quality

As reported by The 74, Learning Forward merged with the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future to “combine their efforts to improve teacher quality” under ESSA. Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward, stated this was “prefect timing” for the groups to join because...

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TeachStrong Guidance for States to Modernize Teaching Profession

TeachStrong developed guidance for states on how ESSA can be used to “modernize and elevate the teaching profession” though Title II funding. They lay out strategies that would “operationalize the nine TeachStrong principles” for states to propose “bold changes” to programs that are designed to...

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Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss Questions ESSA’s Intent

The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss reprinted a blog from Connecticut College Education Department Chair Lauren Anderson University of Washington Professor of Teacher Education Ken Zeichner that questions inconsistences with ESSA’s original intent. According to the authors, the new regulations require states to “hold teacher-education programs...

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New Opportunities for Young Learner Programs

Education Week reported on the Dept. of Education’s guidance on funding young learner programs under ESSA. The piece identified various options for federal funds to be used for young learners including: 1, training early learning teachers; 2, updating and aligning certification and licensing standards for...

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