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Teacher Engagement and Perspectives on ESSA: An Eagerness to Engage and Be Heard


"Every education initiative and policy creates a hope that it will provide the set of circumstances necessary to improve schools, engage parents and communities, support teachers, and ensure all students receive a high-quality education. Although we do not yet know if the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will be successful at advancing or achieving any of these goals, we do know that without engaging teachers in critical policy decisions, we are ignoring the voices of the most influential players in student and school success, and sacrificing valuable perspectives and insights. It is urgent that policymakers at every level seek out meaningful and sustained teacher involvement. Those of us who passionately believe that teacher voice should impact policy must work more diligently than ever."