Academic journal article Childhood Education

Ensuring Teacher Quality: A Report from MetLife Fellows in the Teachers Network Policy Institute

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Ensuring Teacher Quality: A Report from MetLife Fellows in the Teachers Network Policy Institute

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Teachers Network Policy Institute. Document funded by MetLife Foundation, 2002.32 pp. The Teachers Network Policy Institute, an initiative of over 100 teachers from 10 nationwide affiliates, was established in 1996 by Teachers Network to connect education policy with actual classroom practice, and thereby improve student achievement. MetLife Fellows, all full-time classroom teachers, research policy issues, develop recommendations, document their work in papers and publications, and disseminate their work locally and throughout the United States.

This report focuses on ensuring teacher quality in the nation's schools. It is based on the belief that quality teachers are made, not born. Through intensive professional development that would include mentoring and collaboration, all of America's teachers could develop the following characteristics of teacher excellence:

* Maintenance of high expectations for all students

* Ability to overcome the constraints of their environment

* Skillfulness in establishing a sense of trust, respect, camaraderie, and desire for learning in a classroom community

* Knowledge of how to personalize learning for individual students

* Ongoing reflection on their practice leading to continual growth

* Ability to design instruction that prepares students for a technology-rich world, including collaboration with others and the development of higher-order thinking skills. …

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