TEACHERS NETWORK POLICY INSTITUTE FELLOWS
ADVOCATE FOR INCREASED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR PUBLIC
NEW YORK, NY (April 22, 2002) - The New York City
affiliate of the Teachers Network Policy Institute, a national
organization of teachers, proposes that the additional teacher
time in the pending teacher contract be used exclusively
for professional development.
The research of the Policy Institute MetLife Fellows, together with
scholars working in the field of education, has demonstrated that the
most important element in student achievement is the quality of teaching.
The research indicates that the most effective and expeditious way
of improving the quality of teaching is to provide meaningful professional
development. We specifically recommend that this professional development
be ongoing and classroom based, that it be designed with teacher input,
and that it address the needs of students. Our recommendations are
based on four years of action research conducted by over one hundred
of the finest teachers in New York City classrooms.
We applaud the United Federation of Teachers and Mayor Bloomberg in
their efforts to ensure a contract that will benefit our students and
teachers, who tirelessly work to ensure that each child receives a
quality education. As they conclude contract negotiations, we hope
that they will continue to put the interests of students first by dedicating
this additional teacher time to professional development.
About Teachers Network: Teachers Network is a non-profit national and
international education organization, with more than 28 affiliates,
that identifies and connects innovative teachers exemplifying professionalism
and creativity within public school systems. Over 40,000 public school
teachers have received Teachers Network grants and fellowships in the
areas of curriculum, leadership, policy, and new media.
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