Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Education launched a national dialogue with classroom teachers about the challenges and aspirations of America’s teachers. CEC hosted a RESPECT roundtable, at its annual Convention in 2012 in Denver.
In addition to receiving input from CEC members, the Department also spoke to nearly 6,000 teachers from across the country through roundtable discussions, online feedback and social media. This week, the Dept. of Education released the result of this national dialogue in a blueprint for reforming the teaching profession. Among other things, it calls for salaries to be competitive with professions like architecture, medicine and law, more support for novice teachers and more career opportunities for veterans.
The blueprint is called RESPECT – an acronym that stands for Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching, and in conjunction with the launch the Department has re-launched an educator homepage to include new information about the RESPECT initiative, including: