Teaching Profession

Ed. Dept. Funds Large-Scale Research Effort on Teaching

By Ann Bradley — October 29, 1997 2 min read

The U.S. Department of Education announced last week the awarding of a five-year, $23 million contract to the University of Maryland College Park and 25 partner organizations to undertake an unusual research effort aimed at improving teaching.

The National Partnership for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching, as the initiative will be known, will have a Washington office and a policy board and management committee to govern it.

The partnership will try to build consensus around two broad issues: enhancing teachers’ opportunities to learn throughout their careers, and creating conditions in schools that can support excellence in teaching.

Willis D. Hawley, the dean of the college of education at the University of Maryland, said the partnership will try to foster agreement through the knowledge gained from both research and “the wisdom of practice.”

The partnership will sponsor some 30 projects cutting across a range of issues in teaching, including recruitment and selection to the profession; preservice preparation; and induction into teaching during the first years.

Charting What Works

The national partnership will also sponsor conferences and set up a World Wide Web site for every school in the country to disseminate examples of effective practices, Mr. Hawley said."We think this is quite unique,” he said. “It is a commitment to the development and utilization of knowledge as a way of problem-solving.”

Over five years, about 25 percent of the budget will be spent on issues related to standards and assessments, he added. One research project, for example, will look at whether teachers who have been certified as outstanding by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards produce better-educated students.

The partnership’s work will mesh closely with the recommendations for improving teaching made a year ago by the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future. Researchers will study some of the states that are working to implement the commission’s recommendations. (“Teaching Focus Called the Key in Reform Push,” Sept. 18, 1996.)

Editorial Projects in Education, the publisher of Education Week and Teacher Magazine, is one of the partners in the effort to help disseminate information about teaching and professional-development issues.

Other partners include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of School Administrators, the American Federation of Teachers, the Common Destiny Alliance, the Council for Basic Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Council of the Great City Schools, the Holmes Partnership, the International Reading Association, and Michigan State University.

Also, the Middle Grade School State Policy Initiative (Carnegie Corporation of New York); the National Alliance of Business; the National Association of Elementary School Principals; the National Association of Secondary School Principals; the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future; the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; the National Education Association; the National Staff Development Council; New American Schools; Peabody College, Vanderbilt University; Recruiting New Teachers Inc.; and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Related Tags:

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
How Schools Can Implement Safe In-Person Learning
In order for in-person schooling to resume, it will be necessary to instill a sense of confidence that it is safe to return. BD is hosting a virtual panel discussing the benefits of asymptomatic screening
Content provided by BD
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
How Districts Are Centering Relationships and Systemic SEL for Back to School 21-22
As educators and leaders consider how SEL fits into their reopening and back-to-school plans, it must go beyond an SEL curriculum. SEL is part of who we are as educators and students, as well as
Content provided by Panorama Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
The Fall K-3 Classroom: What the data imply about composition, challenges and opportunities
The data tracking learning loss among the nation’s schoolchildren confirms that things are bad and getting worse. The data also tells another story — one with serious implications for the hoped for learning recovery initiatives
Content provided by Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Teaching Profession Nearly 9 in 10 Teachers Willing to Work in Schools Once Vaccinated, Survey Finds
Nearly half of educators who belong to the National Education Association have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
4 min read
Nurse Sara Muela, left, administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to educator Rebecca Titus at a vaccination site setup for teachers and school staff at the Berks County Intermediate Unit in Reading, Pa., on March 15, 2021.
Nurse Sara Muela, left, administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to educator Rebecca Titus at a vaccination site set up for teachers and school staff in Reading, Pa., on March 15.
Matt Rourke/AP
Teaching Profession Q&A Nation's Top Teachers Discuss the Post-Pandemic Future of the Profession
Despite the difficulties this school year brought, the four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award say they're hopeful.
11 min read
National Teacher of the Year Finalists (clockwise from top left): Alejandro Diasgranados, Juliana Urtubey, John Arthur, Maureen Stover
National Teacher of the Year Finalists (clockwise from top left): Alejandro Diasgranados, Juliana Urtubey, John Arthur, Maureen Stover
Courtesy of CCSSO
Teaching Profession Teachers Are Stressed Out, and It's Causing Some to Quit
Stress, more so than low pay, is the main reason public school teachers quit. And COVID-19 has increased the pressure.
7 min read
Image of exit doors.
pavel_balanenko/iStock/Getty
Teaching Profession Opinion Should Teachers Be Prioritized for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Not all states are moving teachers to the front of the vaccination line. Researchers discuss the implications for in-person learning.
6 min read
Teacher Lizbeth Osuna from Cooper Elementary receives the Moderna vaccine at a CPS vaccination site at Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.
Chicago public school teacher Lizbeth Osuna receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a school vaccination site last week.
Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP