Creating the best teachers for tommorows students

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?

There should be annual seminars for all teachers. Teachers should be placed in groups for their grade level and subject within their region and discuss what worked, what didn't work, and ideas they should try. I also think teachers should have mentors who they can communicate with if they have a specific problem or question. A mentor will be a person who has taught in their similar grade level and subject and who had a positive effect on their students.

Should all teachers across the country use certain practices? If so, what would those be?

Because different regions in the U.S. struggle with different issues such as population and demographics, I think it may be best for regions to have a base standard but be able to tweak it accordingly to make it best work for their circumstances.

Should there be a consistent standard for all teachers to meet, just as students must pass high stakes tests? If so, what would be the standard?

I do think there should be standards for teachers to meet. The standards should involve the interaction with their students and how the students are learning and retaining the information
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