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ERIC Number: EJ1134977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
How to Cultivate Teacher Voice
Learning Professional, v38 n1 p66-68, 70 Feb 2017
Teacher expertise and insights are valuable resources untapped by most districts and states. That's why as new federal education laws with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) begin to be implemented, teachers need to seek and create opportunities to use their teacher agency in advocating for relevant and effective professional learning. And as educators prepare to exercise agency around this or any policy issue, creating short documents that provide context and reasons for requests will benefit teachers and the decision makers they seek to inform. Just as important: Teachers should seek the input and support of their colleagues. Policy and decision makers are often swayed by a person's ability to get consensus among their peers. Too often, when teachers are given a forum to make their voices heard, they are unprepared to make clear, actionable requests from policymakers. The tools described in this article are designed to help practitioners cultivate teacher voice and agency in policy decisions--to better prepare teachers for that three-minute conversation they may have with district or state policymakers and stakeholders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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