On Friday, August 3, the US Department of Education hosted Transforming the Teaching Profession: A Teacher Leader Convening. The purpose of the meeting was to gather teacher leaders from various education organizations to identify priorities and develop strategies to move the RESPECT Project vision forward.
The participating organizations included the AFT, NEA, NEA Foundation, Pearson Global Fellows, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows Program, America Achieves Fellowship for Principals and Teachers, Center for Teaching Quality, Center for Inspired Teaching, DCPS Common Core Math Corps, DCPS Human Capital Team, E4E, Hope Street Group, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, National TOY, New Leaders for New Schools, Teach Plus, VIVA Project, Teach for America, LEE, New Teacher Center, TEACH, TNTP, TURN, and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Teaching Ambassador Fellowship. Over 130 educators attended.
I had the opportunity to attend this event in my new position as a Director of Educator Engagement at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and as a former Teacher Ambassador with ED. (Disclaimer: the views represented in this blog are my own opinions.)
The RESPECT document has evolved to be an impressive document.
Through teacher input, the document describes a powerful vision for the
teaching profession including plans for teacher leadership, distributed
school leadership, teacher preparation, multiple career pathways, better
evaluations, and compensation.