Transforming Teachers' Roles
February 18, 2015
This special report explores the growing interest among many educators and school leaders in altering the conventional understandings around what teachers do. In particular, it looks at the ways districts, schools, and teachers themselves are transforming teachers' positions—and the types of supports available to them—in order to drive organizational change, build capacity, improve policymaking, and deepen instructional expertise.
- Classroom Technology In Calif. District, Blended-Learning Approach Turns Teachers Into FacilitatorsSome teachers say that blended-learning environments, designed to leverage technology and individualize student instruction, can create new roles for teachers as well.Teaching Profession Baltimore Program Aims to Give Teachers New Paths, Higher PayA new system in Baltimore rewards teachers based on their accomplishments rather than their seniority or credentials, presenting teachers with new options.School & District Management Teacher Leadership Makes Inroads, But Strives for PermanencyThose championing the movement see it as a necessary structural change to school systems, and one that is capable of being more than a fleeting trend.School & District Management Seeking Greater Influence, Teachers Gain Policy Foothold in Education DepartmentThe Teaching Ambassador Fellows at the U.S. Department of Education have sought to bring teacher leadership to federal policy.Professional Development Elite PD Program Seeks to Build Top Teachers' ExpertiseThe National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education is built on the idea that the best teachers need opportunities to wrestle with cognitively challenging professional work to improve their craft and spread their expertise.