Teachers Want to Be Heard

The Rapidian

Heather Gauck, a special education teacher from Grand Rapids, wrote that time is running out for state leaders “to engage with and hear from teachers about the education policy decisions that will affect their classrooms and the overall teaching profession for years to come.” Gauck continued, “teachers are experts at what we need to be successful in our careers and what is best for our students – it is common sense that our input should help shape the professional development opportunities, and the policies that impact student learning and teacher growth.” As Educators for Higher Standards noted earlier this month, teachers want to engage in education policy but many don’t feel like they’re being heard. If Michigan and other states want to get their ESSA plans right, teachers must be a part of the equation. The window is closing, but there is still time for Michigan’s and other state ESSA architects to engage teachers in their plans.

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