ASCD Educators Support the Effective Teaching and Leading Act
Alexandria, VA (10/07/11)—ASCD announced today its support of S.1674, the Effective Teaching and Leading Act. Introduced by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), S.1674 would provide targeted assistance to schools to develop and support effective teachers, principals, and school leaders through the implementation of proven, team-based professional development strategies.
ASCD worked closely with Sen. Reed’s staff, providing both background information on effective professional development and expert input on promoting and evaluating teacher effectiveness, in crafting this bill. ASCD is the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.
“We applaud Sen. Reed for introducing S.1674 because it signals a federal commitment to providing educators with the sustained professional knowledge, skills, and training necessary to address students’ evolving needs,” said David Griffith, ASCD policy director. “We believe this legislation will promote job-embedded professional development for teachers that will result in student learning gains and also expand professional development opportunities for principals who, studies show, are one of the most important components of successful schools.”
In addition, S.1674 includes the following critical components:
- Formalizes dedicated time during the school week for teachers to receive high-quality mentoring;
- Establishes multiyear induction for new teachers and principals;
- Requires professional development that closely aligns with school needs; and
- Requires a rigorous and transparent teacher and principal evaluation system based on multiple criteria, including student achievement and classroom practice.
ASCD is asking all educators to contact their lawmakers in support of S.1674.
ASCD also invites educators to join Educator Advocates, a program that empowers all educators to speak up and participate in shaping our nation’s future. Educator Advocates keeps participants informed about the education policy and politics that affect their day-to-day work.
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- Katie Test, communications specialist, 1-703-575-5608 or e-mail.