One year after the Every Student Succeeds Act

It’s been a year since President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – a physical representation of our country’s enduring promise to every child in this country – that they all will have an equal opportunity to succeed in school.

Below, you’ll find our favorite teacher voices around ESSA. From blogs to op-eds to videos, we thank the educators around the country who’ve spent the year delving into what ESSA might mean for them and their students.

And it’s not too late to get started – check out the last resource in the list to read more about the law so you can get involved and advocate for your students!

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1. A Vision for Professional Learning

Earlier this year, the leading teacher voice organizations from around the country seized the opportunity to advocate for improved professional development opportunities for teachers by submitting comments on the ESSA regulations to the U.S. Department of Education.

2. A Teacher’s Perspective on the “Supplement, Not Supplant” Debate

Learn why Maryland teacher Jes Ellis is advocating for supplemental Title I funding as she describes some of the students in her low-income suburban D.C. school.

3. Why won’t policymakers listen to educators?

Find out why 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ashley Lamb-Sinclair urges policymakers to listen to experts—teachers— when it comes to implementing the new federal law.

4.  The ESSA Opportunity

This new video series by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) offers strategies for educators to help shape policies under ESSA. In the words of NNSTOY President Katherine Bassett, “These videos… contain great strategies for teacher leaders to get in the game.”

5.  ESSA for Teachers

With all the hard work you do for students every day, it’s hard to find time to dig deep into the intricacies of the new federal law. Our webpage aggregates a ton of ESSA resources and includes summaries designed for busy teachers like you. You can even search by topic!

Katrina Boone, Director of Educators for High Standards

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