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ERIC Number: ED519723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Supporting and Staffing High-Needs Schools: Recommendations from Washington's National Board Certified Teachers[R]
Berry, Barnett; Rasberry, Melissa
Center for Teaching Quality
On October 21, 2006, more than 200 Washington National Board Certified Teachers[R] (NBCTs) assembled in Seattle to address the vexing problem of recruiting and retaining accomplished teachers for high-needs schools. Before the Summit, NBCT participants read a number of background papers and research summaries. At the Summit, they listened to the state's leading policymakers and fellow educators articulate their views on the issues at hand and then participated in ten highly structured, small group work sessions. Facilitated by specially prepared teacher leaders, NBCTs analyzed the facts, grounded themselves in their own classroom experiences, and then quickly developed preliminary ideas about what needed to be done. After the meeting, they were invited to remain connected and to continue the conversation about policy strategies through a powerful listserv dialogue. What the NBCTs have to say about present barriers and possible solutions is focused, insightful and provocative. Their knowledge of classrooms, the students they teach and the communities in which they work clearly provide a powerful context for the recommendations that are assembled in this paper. This paper offers a fairly exhaustive list of NBCT ideas and recommendations that, if heeded, could help solve Washington's staffing problems in high-needs schools. While Washington policymakers have already begun to act on these recommendations, it is realized that it is unlikely that all of these will be implemented and certainly not all at once. Policymakers are urged, however, to give close attention to the proposed 31 solutions under each of these five critical issue areas and seek to understand their interconnections. Each approach is defined by both context and the voices of NBCTs. Only a comprehensive set of solutions will solve the complex problem of supporting accomplished teaching in high-needs schools. (Contains 28 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Teaching Quality
Identifiers - Location: Washington