The NEA has come a long way. Last year, the largest union in America assembled an all-star team of educators for its Commission on Effective Teaching and Teachers (CETT), provided them with all the resources they needed, and provided no editorial guidance. I had the privilege of lunching with some of the commissioners at the NEA convention in July, and they are definitely some of the most impressive teachers I’ve met.

Earlier this month, the commission delivered their report, a brilliantly articulated vision for “Transforming Teaching: Connecting Professional Responsibility with Student Learning.” It’s a blockbuster.

I highly recommend reading the whole thing. We need to rally around this. Our disparate voices have weakened us for too long. My hope is that 2012 will be the year that educators finally move towards a common platform— and the CETT report is it.

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