Washington does not have the research base it needs to examine three key aspects of teaching quality: the interaction between teachers and the students in their classrooms, the skills and knowledge teachers bring to the classroom and how teachers' work is supported.
If we are to strengthen the teaching profession, we need to be able to describe with clarity and accuracy the quality of teaching, the quality of the teaching work force and the quality of support for teachers' work.
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The three other classsrooms are just fine. Why is Sarah's classroom management not improving?
Without the quality teachers we hire and train, we wouldn't be seeing the improvement in student achievement scores we've had since 1994. Doesn't everyone on the committee - everybody in the distri Read more »
With support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession formed the New Teacher Alliance in 2006. In collaboration with Washington State's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, seven school districts and two educational service districts committed to improve their practice in five areas of teacher induction: hiring, orientation, mentoring, professional development and assessment of teacher learning. Read more »