TeachStrong: States and Districts Leading the Way

Now more than ever, states and districts have a critical role to play in moving the TeachStrong agenda forward by supporting and strengthening the quality of the teaching workforce to ensure that all students, especially those from low-income families, are taught by great teachers.

At this event, the TeachStrong coalition will be joined by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), who—along with Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) and 10 other committee members—recently introduced a bill to elevate the teaching profession through innovations in teacher recruitment and retention. During this event, Rep. Davis will discuss this legislation and the potential impact of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts on the ability of states and districts to adequately train, compensate, and support their teacher workforce.

Join the TeachStrong coalition, the Center for American Progress, and a distinguished panel of experts for an in-depth discussion on how states, districts, and colleges of education are leading the way in improving the systems designed to support teachers at every stage of their careers.

TeachStrong is the campaign to make modernizing and elevating the teaching profession the top education policy priority of our time. The TeachStrong coalition includes a diverse set of more than 65 influential education organizations. Together, we seek to amplify an ambitious vision for a society that truly values teachers as professionals, which we believe will eventually lead to improved teaching and learning, particularly for low-income students.

Introductory remarks:
Catherine Brown, Vice President, Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), Ranking Member, Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee

Distinguished panelists:
Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Dean, School of Education, American University

Tonia Holmes-Sutton, Director, Network to Transform Teaching, Clark County, Nevada; National Board-Certified Teacher and Board Member

Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, South Dakota; Board of Directors President, Council of Chief State School Officers

Alice Johnson Cain, Executive Vice President of Policy and Partnership, Teach Plus

Moderator:
Dyan Smiley, Assistant Director of Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers

Location

Center For American Progress, 1333 H Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC, United States

Additional information

A light lunch will be served at noon.