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ERIC Number: ED540354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Engaging Teachers in Ed Reform
Steans, Robin
Policy Innovators in Education Network
Teacher engagement is crucial to the success of education reforms. Not only can teachers serve as policymakers' eyes and ears on the ground, sharing firsthand knowledge of challenges in the classroom, but their advocacy can be instrumental to passing smart, sensible policies, and their buy-in can make or break reform implementation. Ongoing teacher participation can help identify potential hurdles to policy implementation, thereby ensuring a smooth transition period. Teacher insight can mean the difference between well-intentioned but ultimately ineffective bureaucratic adjustments, and transformative changes that directly impact student progress. In the past, teacher unions served as the most common way for teachers to engage in policy decisions. With the advent of groups like Teach Plus, Viva, and Educators for Excellence, teachers now have more ways to engage in policy work, and policymakers across the country are taking increasing advantage of teacher voice in each step of the policymaking process. Teacher insight and ideas are increasingly driving and influencing education policy at the local, state, and national levels, and teacher engagement is being fostered across government agencies, advocacy organizations, and think tanks. This paper discusses the following: (1) What does teacher engagement in the reform process look like?; and (2) How is teacher engagement in education reform likely to evolve? (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Policy Innovators in Education Network