Ask Arne: Elevating the Teaching Profession

As a teacher, I have an axe to grind with how teachers are perceived by many folks outside the education system. Too often we are caricatured as either saviors or deadbeats, and both outsized images impoverish the discourse on how to improve education for all students.

As a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education— a teacher on release from my school for a year to help bring educator voice to the policy world— I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Secretary Duncan to pick his brain on perceptions of teachers and how he thinks we can improve them.

His answers, seen in the video below, touch in part on the recently released RESPECT Blueprint, a framework for elevating the teaching profession, developed over the past two years through discussions with thousands of educators.


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Dan Brown is a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education for the 2012-13 school year. He is a National Board Certified Teacher at The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C

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  1. My daughter and myself were very excited to get her into our local GED prep classes through Gwinnett Tech’s (Lawrenceville GA) program. We called and found out how to get her signed up. We sat staring at the computer 5 minutes before 4pm. This was when we were told the website will be opening to accept applications for the program. We signed her up for an afternoon orientation. There were plenty of seats available when we signed her in. We waited and waited for a response. We called the school and was told that we should recieve an e-mail. We waited again. We heard nothing! Finally we called again only to find out that the class started days before! I attemped to sign her up again only to find out that the next sign up isn’t until November!! Am I supposed to have my 18-year-old walk around with no high school diploma/GED and risk the same thing happening to us in November? This is very frustrating and I fear my daughter will become discouraged. Where can I find a facility where she can get her GED without all of this hassle?? Does Georgia not value the importance of a high school education? HELP!!

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