Teachers' bold, practical solutions for policy and pedagogy
Great teachers solve problems. They inquire, adapt, and invent. And they make the most of limited resources to meet students’ needs. At the Center for Teaching Quality, we've developed a unique process to tap teachers’ ingenuity and expertise to generate solutions for the big challenges school systems face.Watch how one Florida teacher team recently put an idea into practice using the TeacherSolutions process:
- A global network of teachers and their professional learning systems (2014) - CTQ-Global TeacherSolutions Team
- TeacherSolutions team informs ETS competency model (2014) - ETS TeacherSolutions Team
- TEACHING 2030: Leveraging teacher preparation 2.0 (2013) - Center for Teaching Quality
- Reflections on EET: Identifying successes, recommending opportunities for improvement (2012) - CTQ-FL
- Journey to 2030 (2012) - Arizona TeacherSolutions 2030 Team
- TEACHING 2030: What we must do for our students and our public schools... now and in the future (Teachers College Press, 2011) - Barnett Berry and the TeacherSolutions 2030 team
- Many ways up, no reason to move out (2011) - Bay Area New Millennium Initiative
- Smart moves: Bay Area teachers on structuring the profession for student success (2011) - Bay Area New Millennium Initiative
- How better teacher & student assessment can power up learning (2011) - CTQ-WA
- Measuring learning, supporting teaching: Classroom experts’ recommendations for an effective educator evaluation system (2011) - CTQ-IL
- Making teacher evaluation work for students: Voices from the classroom (2011) - CTQ-CO
- Teachers and teaching effectiveness: A bold view from National Board Certified Teachers in North Carolina (2011) - Ann Byrd and Melissa Rasberry
- Measuring teaching effectiveness: A virtual conversation with Steve Cantrell and 33 of America’s top teachers (2011) - Center for Teaching Quality
- Transforming school conditions: Building bridges to the education system that students and teachers deserve (2010) - CTQ TeacherSolutions Teacher Working Conditions Team
- Improving Student Learning through Strategic Compensation (2008) - Teacher Leaders Network-Kansas
- Measuring what matters: The effects of National Board Certification on advancing 21st century teaching and learning (2008) - CTQ TeacherSolutions NBCT Team
- Performance-pay for teachers: designing a system that students deserve (2007) - CTQ TeacherSolutions Team
- The reauthorization of No Child Left Behind: Views from the nation’s best teachers (2007) - Barnett Berry and voices from the Teacher Leaders Network
TeacherSolutions processes sometimes result in internal documents, as when a sponsor asks teacher experts to critique strategies for initiatives under development. A recent example (2014) is the work of our Educational Testing Service (ETS) TeacherSolutions Team.
How does the TeacherSolutions process work?
This downloadable, printable TeacherSolutions infographic (PDF) captures our 12-week process. Timeline can vary depending on complexity and the project sponsor's needs.
The process begins with sharpening our understanding of the problem and recruiting a diverse dream team of K-12 teachers to tackle it. We also create primers on relevant research and policy for the teacher team and schedule face-to-face and/or virtual meetings.
Team members synthesize policy, research, and their experiences in webinars and online discussions. As they engage in professional debate with guest experts and one another, we compile key ideas and lingering questions. Through an intensive virtual workshop, teachers work toward consensus on their TeacherSolutions.
Once team members are comfortable with their recommendations, we develop a final product to share publicly: white paper, presentation, infographic, video, podcast, etc. CTQ markets the product on social media and other channels, supporting teachers as spokespeople for their own solutions. We bring the process full circle by collecting metrics on the team’s impact.