Friday, June 7, 2013

Let’s Discuss the Champions of Education across the United States

Educators in the United States are under a lot of pressure these days. It seems that everyone has an answer for how to fix America’s schools, often with opposing views; teacher accountability, testing, dissolving unions, value-added evaluation systems, merit pay, technology, and the common core standards, to name a few. Stakeholders have set up camps, rallying people behind their “answer” with greater urgency than ever before often on opposite sides of the same issue. In the midst of it all 7.2 million teachers in the United States go to work every day while their profession is scrutinized.

While the need to strive to improve education in the U.S. is undeniable, let us not forget there are classrooms and schools around the country where authentic instruction and that significant learning are taking place, and teachers are going above and beyond to support their students.

In a study released by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Primary Sources: 2012), it was reported U.S. teachers spend an average of 10 hours and 40 minutes at work daily, three hours beyond the averaged contracted time. The same study shows teachers agree raising student achievement is their primary goal and they are putting in the time and effort to prove their conviction.

The 150+ past and present teachers participating in the Teachers for Global Classrooms program are leaders demonstrating their commitment to students and the profession by taking it upon themselves to find extra opportunities to develop professionally in order to increase student performance. We invite you to share this space to recognize, discuss, and reflect these champions of education across the United States. 

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