On October 7, 2014, over 100 civil rights, disability, rural, youth, higher education, principal, and education advocacy organizations, under the banner of the Coalition for Teaching Quality, urged Congress and the Obama Administration to ensure that every school and classroom in the nation has well-prepared and effective educators.
At House and Senate briefings hosted by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. David Reichert (R-WA), the Coalition explained the important role teachers and principals play in advancing educational opportunity.
The Coalition is pushing for policy solutions that address the reality students in many high-need schools face. They do not have the same access to great educators that their better-off peers have.
The Coalition also urges policymakers to move beyond a narrow focus on test scores and to embrace a comprehensive vision of teaching quality that begins during college preparation courses and extends through leadership roles for veteran teachers.
Releasing its "Roadmap to Transforming the Teaching and Principal Professions," the Coalition calls for measures to strengthen the recruitment pipeline for teachers and principals, build more robust preparation programs, and cultivate opportunities for continuous growth and leadership.
In the first of a series of upcoming reports tied to the roadmap -- "Profession-Ready
Teachers and Principals for Each and Every Child" -- the
Coalition outlines four steps that future teachers must take to ensure they
are prepared for the classroom. These steps include completing a teaching
residency under the guidance of an accomplished teacher and demonstrating
beginning proficiency in the skills and knowledge needed for classroom instruction
through a valid and reliable performance assessment. In the case of principals,
the steps to becoming profession-ready include demonstrating a record of
success as a teacher, earning an advanced degree, and completing a one-year
residency program under accomplished school leaders.
A full list of Coalition members is available here.