All students deserve highly skilled, well-prepared teachers. In order to build the teaching profession that students deserve, maximize recruitment, increase diversity, and raise the bar for quality preparation, the front end of a coherent teaching pipeline must begin in secondary education. This shared vision is rooted in high expectations for high school students to explore the craft of teaching and to embrace clinical experiences through teaching internships.
Together, we can strengthen the teaching pipeline. In every community, most of the future teaching workforce is sitting on the student side of the desks right now. In fact, over 60% of teachers work within 20 miles of where they went to high school.
Educators Rising is committed to help communities start early to grow their own highly skilled, well-prepared teachers. These efforts must be grounded in strong standards.
What are Educators Rising Standards?
Educators Rising — in partnership with the National Education Association — is coordinating an effort to back-map the road to accomplished teaching into the secondary space. We are defining what high school students exploring teaching must know and be able to do to be on the path to accomplished teaching.
Educators Rising is not attempting to reduce a full teacher preparation program into a one- or two-year high school course of study. The goal is to identify the critical skills and dispositions these students should be developing in the earliest part of the career continuum — while still in high school — to take their first steps on a coherent journey to becoming great teachers.
Based on this, Educators Rising Standards must identify:
Knowledge and skills that support the development of accomplished practice in the earliest part of the career continuum, while emphasizing the holistic nature of teaching;
The dispositions and habits of mind of young people who can blossom into highly skilled educators.
Educators Rising is engaging the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to co-facilitate a committee process for developing standards to ensure that the standards come from the profession, for the profession. These are the draft standards developed by the 12 committee members representing the teaching profession.
The Educators Rising Standards are an original document, not an update of existing work. Once approved, they will serve as the foundation for curricula and assessments used in high school-based, grow-your-own teacher pipeline programs across the country.
The National Education Association (www.nea.org) is the nation's largest
professional employee organization, representing nearly 3 million elementary
and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support
professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing
to become teachers.
About Educators Rising
Educators Rising is a national network that is transforming how America develops aspiring teachers. Starting with high school students, Educators Rising supports communities to provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference. Since its August 2015 launch, more than 14,500 students and teachers across the country have joined the network. These students are engaged in high school-based, cocurricular teaching programs where they explore the profession in deep, meaningful, and rigorous ways.