Last week, during the 2012 Labor Management Conference, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and several other national education leaders signed onto a shared vision for the next generation of teaching. In this shared vision, Duncan and the other signatories enumerated three main goals for the future of the teaching profession – to ensure all students are challenged to meet high standards which prepare them for college, career and citizenship; shrinking the access and opportunity gaps; and ensuring all students are globally competitive.
The necessary elements for achieving these goals can be described by seven core principles:
- A culture of shared responsibility and leadership;
- Recruiting top talent into schools prepared for success;
- Continuous growth and professional development;
- Effective teachers and principals;
- A professional career continuum with competitive compensation;
- Conditions that support successful teaching and learning; and
- Engaged communities
This shared vision was created following the 2012 International Summit on the Teaching Profession held in New York City in March, at which teachers, union leaders and education ministers from 23 countries and regions shared ideas to elevate teaching and improve student performance. The 2012 Labor management Conference, which brought together state and district groups to highlight local work in building the next generation of great teaching, provided a backdrop for the finalization of this new shared vision.
CEC is pleased the Department is working with Education Stakeholders to ensure that our nation moves forward in a comprehensive fashion to address the challenges facing education in our country. CEC will continue to monitor this situation to advocate for the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents.