are proud of the accomplishments at the Teachers
Network Leadership Institute.
||Highest-Level Recognition. The work of Teachers Network Policy Institute (TNPI) MetLife Fellows has received
major recognition by policymakers and school leaders at the highest levels. Some prominent examples include: Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan's public endorsement
of TNPI as "an outstanding opportunity to capitalize on the expertise of exemplary teachers to develop effective policies that strengthen student achievement;" and,
direct mention of-and credit to-the Policy Institute in the Wyoming Governor's State of the State address (February 11, 2002). Also, United States Representative Lois
Capps shares that she is "excited about the valuable work that is being undertaken by the MetLife Fellows; it is through the work of dedicated educators such as these
individuals that important innovations in education policy occur." Moreover, U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel is on record that "TNPI is to be commended for attempting
to transform our schools into model learning environments that will contribute to the good of the nation, the city, and our own community."
||Bestselling TNPI Book. The newest TNPI book, Taking Action with Teacher Research, was published in January 2003
by Heinemann Press (i.e., our first book not published by Teachers Network); and, after only three weeks, it has gone into its second printing! This groundbreaking
book, edited by Ellen Meyers and TNPI Advisor Frances Rust, contains six chapters focusing on action research studies conducted by six different TNPI MetLife Fellows
(i.e., Jane Fung, Lara Goldstone, Janet Price, Carol Tureski, Natasha Warikoo, and Matt Wayne)-as well as two additional chapters (i.e., on TNPI work and the action
research process) written by Meyers and Rust. More information on this book is available on the TNPI area of Teachers Network #1 award-winning web site at: www.teachersnetwork.org/tnli.
||Major Policy Document. In 2002, Teachers Network Policy Institute (TNPI) published a major policy document, Ensuring
Teacher Quality-A Report from the MetLife Fellows in the Teachers Network Policy Institute. This report, geared toward school administrators, concentrates on teacher
leadership and the process for engaging teachers in policy decisions at the school level and beyond. The document outlines four cogent recommendations for ensuring
teacher quality-the single most important factor in determining student success-within any school environment. This year, this report has been disseminated to 5,000
school superintendents nationwide.
||What Matters Most Brochure. Based on the nationally recognized success of the MetLife Fellows' book, What Matters
Most-Improving Student Achievement, in fall 2001, one of TNPI's partner organizations, the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future (NCTAF), published
a color brochure-with funding from the Ford Foundation-that outlines: NCTAF Recommendations, the Voices of Teachers, MetLife Fellows' Research Findings and Recommendations,
and specific Action Steps for Districts. What Matters Most-Improving Student Achievement features the work of the MetLife Fellows-documenting the results of their
action research and highlighting the ways in which policy plays out in schools. This document has been read by thousands of policymakers and educators nationwide.
||MetLife Fellows as Contributing Writers. In New York City, not only are the MetLife Fellows influencing the media
with regard to making sure that "the teacher's voice" is included in education policy discussions (in fact, the fellows recently met with education editors from both
the New York Times and the New York Daily News), but also, based on their increased outreach, they have actually become contributing writers for a regular series of
articles-based in the MetLife Fellows' research findings and specific policy recommendations-for the New York Teacher, the newspaper most regularly read by teachers
and education officials throughout New York City.
||Direct Interactions with Policymakers. Increasingly, TNPI MetLife Fellows are seizing the opportunity to meet
with national, state, and local legislators to share action research findings and policy recommendations in order to improve student achievement. Indeed, MetLife Fellows
from throughout Florida, California, Illinois (Chicago), Wyoming, and New York have all recently met directly with their legislative leaders in order to impact education
policy as a whole. MetLife Fellows in New York City, for instance, hosted their second annual legislative breakfast. Also, the Wyoming Fellows hosted a "Dessert and
Discussion" event with 46 state legislators attending; the focus of this event was to discuss current policy issues facing the legislature.
||Education Commission of the States (ECS). During the past four years, five MetLife Fellows have served on ECS
national advisory boards: MetLife Fellow Janet Price on Governor Geringer's National Advisory Council on Teacher Quality (99-00); MetLife Fellow Judi Fenton on Governor
Shaheen's National Advisory Council on Early Learning (00-01); MetLife Fellow Wade Fuller on the National MetLife Advisory Board on Change in Education Initiatives
(00-01); and, MetLife Fellow Jane Fung on Governor Guinn's Council on Child Literacy (01-02). This year, MetLife Fellow Lara Goldstone is serving as the teacher representative
on ECS Chair Governor Warner's national advisory council. ECS, which works in partnership with TNPI, directly advises and/or informs virtually all state governors
and legislatures on current issues relating to education.
||Teacher Network Collaboration. The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has adopted the Los Angeles MetLife Fellows'
proposal to provide salary point credit for teacher network collaboration. This proposal has been approved by the UTLA Professional Development Committee, the Board
of Directors, and the House of Representatives-and is now officially part of the UTLA contract proposal to the Los Angeles Unified School District.
||MetLife Fellows as Teacher Leaders. Increasingly, MetLife Fellows receive direct recognition for their leadership
even among the very finest of teachers. For example, this year, MetLife Fellow Connie Rohde-Stanchfield received Disney's coveted American Teacher Award. Another MetLife
Fellow, Chris Mullin, was recently named California Teacher of the Year. In fact, in accepting his award, Chris addressed the State Superintendent of Education, state
legislators, and other California teacher leaders at a special dinner at the California Capitol; his speech was on the need for teacher retention based on the research
he had conducted as a member of the Policy Institute. Throughout, Chris-and indeed all fellows-continue to be identified as MetLife Fellow-in Chris' case, this title
is also acknowledged on several high-profile web sites including those of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and California Senator Tom McClintock.
||Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) and Alliance for Quality Education (AQE). Following a victory in the Campaign
for Fiscal Equity suit, the New York City TNPI MetLife Fellows have been asked to play a major role in providing the remedy (i.e., determining how best to use newly
allocated funds to improve classroom practice and student achievement) for schools throughout New York City. The MetLife Fellows continue to work closely with both
the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and its partner organization, the Alliance for Quality Education-helping to get the word out about providing more equitable educational
opportunities for students throughout New York.
||Policy Reform. More and more, the MetLife Fellows are seeing the results of their policy-influencing resulting
in major policy change. For example, as a direct result of one fellow's policy recommendation based on his action research findings, the State of California has expanded
its Beginning Teacher Support Program to reach 100% of new teachers throughout California-instead of just 5%.
||Professional Development Schools Saved. During the 2002 Wyoming legislative session, the Wyoming Fellows met
with 18 legislators, including key members of the Joint Education Committee and Joint Appropriations Committee, to discuss their research and advocate for continued
funding for Professional Development Schools (K-12 schools that have partnered with institutions of higher education to provide teacher preparation programs at a school
site, and as a result, increase teacher quality in hard-to-staff schools). The Joint Appropriations Committee had previously cut funding for Professional Development
Schools; when an amendment was proposed to restore funding, the amendment failed on its first and second readings. After consultation with the Wyoming fellows, however,
the amendment to restore funding passed-and continued to gain legislative support. The amendment was included as part of the final state budget, and was signed into
law by the governor.
||Presentations. The MetLife Fellows continue to develop and hone presentation guidelines that they are using to
speak to a variety of audiences-including presentations at major conferences and workshops. Along with the MetLife Fellows' major accomplishments and other related
information, a detailed listing of events at which the MetLife Fellows have recently presented and/or participated is available online on the TNPI area of Teachers
Network's #1 award-winning web site, at: www.teachersnetwork.org/tnli.
||Press. MetLife Fellows continue to attract major local, regional, and national press-including: two recently
published letters to the editor in Education Week (March 26, 2003 and April 9, 2003); a feature article on the MetLife Fellows work in the October 2002 edition of
Best Practices & Policies (a publication of the Southeast Center for Teaching Quality); a full chapter written by MetLife Fellow Matt Wayne in the fall 2002 book
entitled Teaching for Depth: Where math meets the humanities (notably, in this chapter, Matt cites that "I am a MetLife Fellow in TNPI, an organization dedicated to
bringing teachers' voices to policymaking."); a Harvard Family Research Project online article (Fine Forum, Winter 2001) on MetLife Fellow Lara Goldstone's research;
and a chapter in Teacher Education Quarterly (Spring 2002) featuring the work of MetLife Fellow Penny Arnold. Further, in the June 2003 issue of Kappan, MetLife Fellow
Marika Paez' action research from last year will be the subject of a feature article entitled "Gimme That School Where Everything is Scripted." In addition, major
commentary articles have appeared in Education Week (May 31, 2000) and Teacher Magazine (March 1999). Of course, the MetLife Fellows have also been written about in
hundreds of community, district, union, and professional association newsletters throughout the country.