What if policy wonks talked about performance-pay for teachers, and no teachers came? It would be pretty much business as usual! You can keep this from happening during a webcast planned for Thursday, May 10 by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality and the Education Commission of the States.

It’s titled “Paying for Teachers’ Performance — Strategies and Conditions for Success.” The organizers have invested quite a bit of time, effort (and no doubt money) in putting this session together, including preparing pre-webcast presentations by Congressman George Miller and others.

Our TLN colleague Renee Moore will be one of three featured guests, but the organizers appear to have made no particular effort to attract teacher voices to their largely policy-oriented audience. So we’re trying to help them out. You can pre-register for the one-hour online webcast online. From this same webpage, you can access details about the live, interactive gathering, where you will be able to submit questions to the panelists.

The time (3 to 4 p.m. EDT) is less than ideal for teachers — especially those not on the East Coast — but if you have a way to participate, go sign up! It’s past time teacher leaders were part of these policy discussions.

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