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Re-Imagining Teaching: Five Structures to Transform the Profession

Abstract

Teacher preparation, evaluation, and the characteristics of effective teaching are at the center of contemporary education research and policymaking.

Yet teaching is not afforded the same status as other professions in terms of recognition, pay, and career advancement opportunities. As a result, nearly half of all new teachers leave the profession by their fifth year, and our finest teachers are among those who exit our nation's classrooms for good.

How do we improve the stature of teaching to attract and retain more great teachers? What would it take to professionalize teaching?

National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) believes that five key structures-found in almost every other field-have the potential to transform teaching into a profession that fosters continuous improvement, high expectations, and shared accountability.

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