As teachers, we know what goes on in the classroom and how policies passed at the local, state, and federal levels affect our ability to teach. But it can sometimes feel like no one’s listening.
To better understand how much teachers understand the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), how much they expect ESSA to impact their classrooms, what role teachers believe they have in implementation and, most importantly, if teachers had opportunities to share their expertise with policymakers, we asked more than 800 teachers and teacher advocacy leaders (classroom teachers engaged in education advocacy work) to share their thoughts with us. Those survey results were the basis of our new report, “Teacher Engagement and Perspectives on ESSA: An Eagerness to Engage and Be Heard.”
We weren’t surprised to find that across the country, teachers want to engage in education policy and they don’t feel like they’re being heard.
But our findings did highlight an important opportunity. As states implement ESSA, now is the time for states and state policymakers to listen to teachers. Whether it’s inside or outside of school, we’re ready and willing to help!