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December 5, 2013

A groundbreaking new policy guide provides state lawmakers and education advocates with a blueprint for practical changes to improve teaching quality in America: "Excellent Teachers for Each and Every Child: A Guide for State Policy" (Excellent Teachers).

The guide is research-based and explains how states can develop and support a talented and diverse teaching force that helps all students succeed. Seven organizations representing millions of students, parents and educators nationwide worked together to produce this resource. The Opportunity To Learn Campaign, the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Opportunity Action, the American Association for Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Coalition for Teaching Quality, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) brought their collective expertise and experience to this endeavor.

The "Excellent Teachers" guide offers model legislation and examples of successful policies that are ready for adoption by states that seek to recruit, train and support an excellent, professional teaching force, which is one of the most critical factors in student success. The guide also draws from the practices of high-achieving, high-equity nations like Finland and Singapore.

The document includes valuable resources for policymakers and advocates, including:

  • model legislation and proven state policies that set a high entry bar for the profession, establish career ladders and professional learning standards for teachers, fund a sustainable teaching force, improve teacher diversity, and support evaluation models that drive meaningful professional growth;
  • recommended action steps to support policymaking and agenda-setting; and
  • recommendations on recruitment, preparation, professional development, evaluation, teaching and learning conditions, funding, and ways to develop a coherent and systemic policy.

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

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Director, Education Justice
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