The TeachStrong campaign brings together teachers unions; teacher advocacy and research organizations; and education reform, civil rights, and education policy leaders to make modernizing and elevating the teaching profession the top education policy issue of 2016.
More than 70 TeachStrong Ambassadors will convene in Washington this weekend to receive trainings, network with other educators, and lend expertise to the campaign to modernize and elevate the teaching profession.
Washington, D.C. — This weekend, the TeachStrong campaign—a coalition of 57 leading education groups aimed at making modernizing and elevating the teaching profession the top education policy priority of 2016—will launch its newest phase: the TeachStrong Ambassador Program.
More than 90 educators from 27 states and Washington, D.C., have been selected as TeachStrong Ambassadors. More than 70 ambassadors will convene this Saturday, March 5, in Washington D.C. to discuss the TeachStrong policy blueprint, which details policy solutions aimed at improving the teacher career continuum; network and engage with each other; and participate in a series of skill-building sessions.
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About the TeachStrong Ambassador Program
The TeachStrong initiative was launched based on a shared understanding among its partners that the expectations on students, teachers, and schools have never been higher, but the systems to prepare, support, and compensate teachers have not been elevated commensurately. Our coalition aims to elevate the prominence of this issue among thought leaders, the public, and especially parents and teachers to offer concrete policy solutions about how to elevate and modernize the teaching profession. This effort will not be successful without educators. They know firsthand the challenges that they face every day in their classrooms, and they have unique insight into the likely efficacy of potential solutions.
The TeachStrong Ambassador Program is an opportunity for educators from across the United States to come together to enrich this important effort with their experiences and expertise. Ultimately, ambassadors will have a critical role in shaping TeachStrong’s policy positions, engaging others in this effort through traditional and social media, and calling on political leaders to take up this agenda.
Launched in November 2015, the TeachStrong campaign has quickly grown from 40 organizations to 57. These groups have coalesced around nine key principles that aim to make modernizing and elevating the teaching profession the top education priority of 2016 and beyond. More information about the campaign can be found at teachstrong.org.
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This release is sent by the Center for American Progress, a coalition partner to TeachStrong. The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just, and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values, and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”