National Conversations about Teaching: The RESPECT Project

All across the country, teachers are talking with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) about how they envision a renewed and transformed teaching profession in the 21st Century. This page is designed for educators who are interested in participating in a National Conversation about the Teaching Profession and giving ED their feedback to inform future policy and programs, including a possible competition to transform teaching, which we are calling the RESPECT Project.

RESPECT Vision. Read the newest RESPECT Project vision statement [MS Word, 156KB], sharpened by thousands of educators across the country.

Q-and-A: Back to School with Arne Duncan (August 27)
With back-to-school season in full swing, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently sat down to respond to some pressing education questions from SmartBlog on Education. Below is the full Q&A:
Ask Arne: Elevating the Teaching Profession (June 6)
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...
With RESPECT, Educators Lead the Transformation of the Teaching Profession (April 25)
America’s teachers earn our respect every day, doing some of this country’s toughest and most important work. Over the years, the demands on teachers have grown as standards rose and student needs...


A Letter to Teachers from Secretary Arne Duncan

To prepare our young people for an increasingly competitive global economy, the United States must do more to ensure that teaching is highly respected and supported as a profession and that accomplished, effective teachers are guiding students' learning in every classroom. To support this effort, the U.S. Department of Education recently launched the National Conversation on the Teaching Profession....



Message from Secretary Duncan

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