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.
CSTP commissions research to fill the gap between data we have and data we need to address Washington's most pressing questions about teaching.
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The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) commissioned Inverness Research to undertake a study about what it takes for elementary teachers to strengthen their teaching of science. This report documents the perspectives and experiences of a selected pool of K-5 teachers, representing 67 districts, who are committed to improving their teaching and, in particular, are dedicated to get better at teaching science. Read more »
"There are disparate and sometimes overlapping institutions and groups with interests in teacher quality. It takes an active leading agent to assemble and galvanize resources to create an improvement infrastructure for the teaching profession where none exists. CSTP plays that role in Washington."
— Inverness Research Associates, 2008 Read more »
" ASCD, February, 2008 online publication by Pamelia Valentine, NBCT EAYA Art, Oakland Bay Junior High School, Visual Arts Teacher. Read more »
CSTP 07-08 leadership grant awards to National Board Certified Teachers who led high-quality professional development in their schools and districts.