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ERIC Number: ED561062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 64
Abstractor: ERIC
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New Organizations, New Voices: The Landscape of Today's Teachers Shaping Policy
Pennington, Kaitlin
Center for American Progress
In the past five years, a number of grassroots groups and fellowships have emerged across the United States with the goal of giving teachers a greater role and a stronger voice in improving everything from the professional practice of teaching to the way the profession is governed. These groups are often called "teacher-voice organizations," and in many cases they are established with the aim of giving practicing teachers direct access to influence the policies that affect their practice. This report highlights several common characteristics and many unique differences among the teacher-voice organizations and fellowships. The commonalities and differences in the teacher-voice organizations and fellowships suggest that the current education-reform environment has spurred the birth of these groups that are all working toward getting more teachers directly involved in the policies that impact their daily teaching experiences. But the way in which the organizations go about getting the teachers involved is unique to each group's individual founding principles, missions, and structures. The analysis presented in this report of teacher-voice organizations and fellowships in the context of what some are calling a teacher-voice movement uses qualitative data collected through interviews with education-policy scholars and academics, leaders of teacher-voice organizations and fellowships, teachers-union officials, and teachers. While it may not be possible at this moment to determine the impact of teacher-voice groups given their short histories and size, this paper details the role that teacher voice is playing in education reform, at a time when the teacher-voice movement has picked up speed and is growing in importance. A list of people who were interviewed is appended.
Center for American Progress. 1333 H Street NW 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-682-1611; Web site: http://www.americanprogress.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress