Teaching Ambassador Fellows Bid Adieu, Share Thoughts on ESEA Proposal

As the 2009-10 Teaching Ambassador Fellowship comes to an end, we want to thank you for your thoughtful comments on the Department of Education’s proposal for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Act.

We’ve heard from many of you on accountability, effective school reform efforts, and teacher effectiveness. On this last topic, we heard spirited discussion. Many addressed the supports teachers and students need to thrive. Some grappled with the purpose of teacher evaluation. Still others considered how to evaluate all a teacher does. These are all difficult but necessary conversations that we must have.

In our last blog post, we want to leave you with some material for your consideration.

Many teachers have asked us for the research that’s guided the Department’s thinking in our proposal. In May, the Department published that research here:  http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/blueprint/index.html. (Scroll to the bottom.)  We hope you’ll find it informative.

The 2009-10 Teaching Ambassador Fellows were also asked for our thoughts on aspects of the ESEA proposal that we find promising for our profession.  We invite you to view our discussion here: http://www.youtube.com/user/usedgov#g/c/DC2A8F3C75E7BB20.

Finally, we are in the process of welcoming a new cohort of Teaching Ambassador Fellows.  The 2010-11 fellows are an incredible group and I know they look forward to more conversation.  Look to hear from them in this spot soon.

Thank you again for your time and participation. Your input means a lot and we want you to keep it coming.

Have a great summer!

The 2009-10 Teaching Ambassador Fellows