|Mike, Didem (School Board President), Scott (TEA President)|
Other than being asked by WEA to consider sending a team, I questioned why we were one of about one hundred systems in attendance. After a very short amount of time in the opening session I realized that we have earned the right to be here. Our deep belief in the need for collaboration within a culture of learning and support is at the heart of this work. Representatives from eight diverse organizations this morning signed a paper commiting their organizations to work collaboratively to transform the teaching profession. The seven core elements of the plan can be found here and speak to the following needs that should sound familiar to those in our system. Policy makers are finally seeing the need to focus on the system and culture within which learning and teaching take place.
- A culture of shared responsibility and leadership.
- Top talent, prepared for success.
- Continuous growth and professional development.
- Effective teachers and principals.
- A professional career continuum with competitive compensation.
- Conditions for successful teaching and learning.
- Engaged communities.
- Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education
- Anne Bryant, National School Boards Association
- Michael Casserly, Council of the Great City Schools
- George H. Cohen, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
- Daniel A. Domenech, American Association of School Administrators
- Dennis Van Roekel, National Education Association
- Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers
- Gene Wilhoit, Council of Chief State School Officers