Teaching Quality Supports

A Bold Call for Equity – Will Policymakers Answer?

Congress’ Equity and Excellence Commission released a powerful report that decries our nation's lack of commitment to equity in education for all students. "For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence" is a seminal report and a nationwide call to action. But will policymakers act?

OTL Campaign Applauds Commissioners' Bold Call for Equity
Issues Challenge to Policymakers:
Are You Serious about Equity for Kids or Are You Just Kidding?

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Along With Learning, Let's Measure Love!

By Steve Strieker, WI Teacher

With Valentine’s Day nearing, my family just took its annual love survey. Using a privately-run, publicly-funded love rating system, my family members and I rate our love for one another using a scale of 1 to 5. While the surveys are done individually and anonymously, the answers are compiled collectively and the results are shared publicly. Why, you may ask, do we go through this annual ritual and analysis of our family love? Because who better to turn to in matters of love than business-minded reformers. These data meisters profess that we must measure what we value. In our family, we value love, so – hence – the love meter matters.

I hail from Mark Twain country. Thus, a little satire for this week's posting. - Steve

With Valentine’s Day nearing, my family just took its annual love survey.

Greatness by Design: How to Develop And Support Outstanding Teaching

Need a blueprint for recruiting, developing and retaining high quality teachers in your state? Look no further than this report from CA State Superintendent Tom Torlakson's Task Force on Educator Excellence. Drawing on the expertise of educators and thought leaders like Linda Darling-Hammond, the report lays out precisely how states should invest in their teachers and their schools to ensure that every student has access to well-prepared and effective teachers.

Greatness by Design: Supporting Outstanding Teaching to Sustain a Golden State

Publication Date: 
Sat, 2012-09-01
Author: 
CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Task Force on Educator Excellence
Type: 
reports
Category: 
highly-effective-teachers

Need a blueprint for recruiting, developing and retaining high quality teachers in your state? Look no further than this report from CA State Superintendent Tom Torlakson's Task Force on Educator Excellence. Drawing on the expertise of educators and thought leaders like Linda Darling-Hammond, the report lays out precisely how states should invest in their teachers and their schools to ensure that every student has access to well-prepared and effective teachers.

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OTL WI Hosting Panel at WI Education Convention!

Our allies at Opportunity to Learn – Wisconsin will be hosting an exciting panel at the 92nd annual Wisconsin Education Convention in Milwaukee! It's a fantastic chance for educators to learn about the state's OTL Campaign and the types of supports and policies students need to succeed. The Convention will take place Thursday, Jan. 24th at the Delta Center

Our allies at Opportunity to Learn – Wisconsin will be hosting an exciting panel at the 92nd annual Wisconsin Education Convention in Milwaukee!

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5 Ways Michelle Rhee’s Report Puts Students Last

States are given a clear choice in this report: either you care about students, or about StudentsFirst. There’s little room for both. Here’s a list of 5 reasons why this State Report Card is a veritable wish list for privatization advocates and a recipe for failure for everyone else:

On Monday, the pro-privatization education group StudentsFirst, led by former D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, released a State Policy Report Card, ranking states and giving each a letter grade based on their implementation of a slew of education reform policies.

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Hats Off to Our Allies at the AR OTL Summit!

The Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Summit was a fantastic weekend of trainings, workshops and networking for over 200 education organizers and advocates. A big thank you to everyone who turned out! And for those of you who couldn't join, read on for a recap of the summit and pictures!

On November 30th, our allies in Arkansas gathered in Little Rock for the Arkansas Opportunity to Learn Summit, a fantastic weekend of trainings, workshops and networking for over 200 organizers and advocates. A big thank you to everyone who turned out! And for those of you who couldn't join, read on for a recap of the summit and pictures!

MA Youth Allies Hold Class on Organizing and Teacher Evaluations

We have to hand it to our youth allies at the Boston Student Advisory Council who take their advocacy work with them everywhere they go, from rallies and press conferences all the way to the halls and classrooms of Harvard University. Several BSAC members recently held a class for students of the university's Graduate School of Education on the successful efforts of BSAC and other allied youth groups across Boston to get student voices incorporated into teacher evaluations.

We really have to hand it to our youth allies at the Boston Student Advisory Council who take their advocacy work with them everywhere they go, from rallies and press conferences all the way to the halls and classrooms of Harvard Law School and Univserity of Massachusetts - Boston.

Chicago Advocates Featured In Powerful Video!

Today's must-watch video is a touching short film that elevates the voices of those at the center of America's education crisis – namely, the parents, teachers and students who must bear the brunt of today's standards-based reform agenda (which includes standardize testing, school closures, merit pay, competitive grants, inequitable funding, etc.) without the supports they need meet those standards or provide every student with a fair and substantive opportunity to learn.

Today's must-watch video is a touching short film that elevates the voices of those at the center of America's education crisis – namely, the parents, teachers and students who must bear the brunt of today's standards-based reform agenda (which includes standardize testing, school closures, merit pay, competitive g

Behind the Rankings Lies the Real Problem

Steve Strieker, Social Studies Teacher, Janesville School District

Thrown under the school bus this week by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) were 76 Wisconsin schools that "Failed to Meet Expectations" as calculated under the state's newfangled school accountability system. But dig deeper into those rankings and you'll see they only add to the mountain of national data showing that students' socio-economic status affects their access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. Standing atop this heap of evidence, advocates must remind legislators, parents, school leaders, and taxpayers that reducing childhood poverty does much to reform public schools.

The following post was written by Steve Strieker, a veteran Social Studies teacher in Janesville, WI. This has been reposted, with Strieker's permission, from his blog "One Teacher's Perspective."

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