ERIC Number: ED422322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Policy and Excellent Teaching: Focus for a National Research Center. Center Description and Synopsis of Research Program.
Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, Seattle, WA.
A new national research consortium, the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy (CTP), is designed to investigate the relation between excellent teaching and policymaking at the national, state, and local levels. Policy efforts to produce excellence in teaching must: (1) attract, recruit, and retain capable teachers; (2) develop teachers' professional norms, knowledge, and skills; (3) create incentives and organizational conditions that support teachers' work; (4) realize improvement efforts on a sufficient scale; and (5) ensure that teacher development and teaching practice relates to improved student learning. Increasing excellence in teaching requires coordinated action on a range of fronts. In the last decade there has been a growing recognition that both perspectives--the macro view from the level of the system as a whole, and the micro view from the classroom and school--are important to any promising effort to improve teaching. The CTP is examining promising experiences and experiments for addressing the five issues. This includes standards-based, school-based, and teacher development strategies, all of which overlap and have at their intersection coherent management of the teacher policy environment. The existence of promising strategies creates a need for research. The CTP's program of research seeks to cumulate understanding, both within and across studies, regarding the strategies' potency and possibilities. The CTP's program of research and analysis examines teacher policies in various contexts and at multiple levels of the system. The various investigations that CTP members are currently conducting are listed. (SM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Policy Formation, Public Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Recruitment, Teaching Conditions, Teaching Skills
University of Washington, Box 353600, College of Education, Miller Hall M201, Seattle, WA 98195-3600.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, Seattle, WA.