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?

Teachers who began during the time traditional teaching was forefront, to new teachers entering classrooms today, must engage in updating skills required for students in the 21st century classrooms. With technology becoming more prevalent within the classroom, it is necessary for all educators to keep abreast of skills and knowledge to perform well within the classrooms, ensuring students receive effective instruction(s) for tomorrow's skills. I suggest ongoing professional development offered through school districts and online as well as furthering educatio. Another means of maintaining is through networking and collaborating with colleagues or via online sites for the teacher community, which connects educators across the nation.

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

No, it is my opinion that a nation-wide standard would be inapplicable to the different characteristics of students throughout differing school districts, counties, borders, regions, and state boundaries.

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?

If there was a consistent standard, it could possibly detract from the fluid dynamic of the classroom pushing educators back into a traditional style of teaching.

Share your thoughts on how well teachers are being prepared to master the NETS-T standards in their classrooms.

I have noted within my district that planning periods are an important part of the daily school schedules; during this time, teachers meet to plan, collaborate and design strategies to implement in the classrooms promoting 21st century skills. Teachers are also attending district preofessional development programs ensuring professional growth and leadership.