Teachers' Tool Kit

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The Southeastern Center for Teaching Quality has devised a "tool kit" with resources, examples, and suggestions for addressing teachers' working conditions. Among the strategies:

Time:

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• Schools should involve community volunteers in field trips or extracurricular activities to free up teachers’ time.

• To set aside more time for professional development, principals can bank teachers’ existing early-release days for longer spans of training.

Empowerment:

• Teachers can volunteer to serve on schoolwide committees.

• Principals should seek out teachers who don’t normally take leadership roles to be involved in decisionmaking.

Leadership:

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• The community can advocate for principal professional-development programs.

• Teachers should involve principals in “action research” projects and inform them of the results.

• Principals should encourage teachers to take leadership roles at the school.

Professional Development:

• Museums, businesses, and universities should establish “teacher in residence” and “teacher on loan” programs to immerse teachers in current professional content knowledge and scholarship.

• Teachers should each craft a personal-improvement plan.

• Districts should require schools to complete assessments of their professional-development.

Facilities and Resources:

• Policymakers should review school funding models to ensure that enough continuing resources are available for clean, safe, and well-maintained school buildings.

• Principals should recognize teachers as professionals and provide private or semi-private office space for storing belongings or accessing a phone or computer.

Vol. 24, Issue 29, Page 16

Published in Print: March 30, 2005, as Teachers' Tool Kit
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