No Teacher Left Behind

LaShonda Mason

1. How would you suggest we, as a nation, provide consistent learning opportunities for teachers and ensure that they are not left behind in learning about new techniques and strategies?

Like the no child left behind act, I would first suggest focusing on accountability, flexibility, and research-based education. My suggestion would be to mandate that teachers obtain a specified amount of hours of continuing education. The topics discussed would vary each year, but would cover current laws, the current school ratings state and district wide, and the current student test scores school and district wide. I would make these offerings flexible for teachers, giving them the option to complete all hours at one time, online, or in a classroom setting. I would also make sure that all the education offered is research-based education, live and/or video demonstrations of the new techniques and strategies being discussed. After demonstrating the techniques and strategies, teachers would be obligated to perform or demonstrate them themselves, as an exit ticket. I wouldn't want teachers to be forced to come to a class and learn the same things over and over each year. There would definitely have to be someone assigned to conducting research as it relates to the new technologies available, where technology is taking us, how students are responding and performing with/to the technology.

Should all teachers across the country use certain practices?

I don’t think that all teachers should have to use certain practices. I think this would limit the teacher’s ability to teach without restrictions, limit teacher creativity, and ultimately lower teacher morale.

Aside from having professional development seminars, I think that each school should have a professional support team. The team would be readily available during school hours to model lessons with technology, help with plans, and act as a teacher resource center. The professional support team would also offer classes and/or workshops that require all teachers in the schools attendance.