ADVISORY: Education Experts to Discuss Tools for Ensuring that all Children Have Equal Access to Great Teachers

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, April 11, please join the Center for American Progress and the American Institutes for Research for the release of three new reports intended to help states and school districts identify and close the gaps in access to effective teaching. The discussion will focus on the steps, challenges, and solutions that districts and states must address to ensure that all students have access to great teachers.

If you are a student of color or an impoverished student in a U.S. public school, you are more likely to be taught by an underqualified, brand-new, or lower-paid teacher, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. This problem is not new.

But solving it is essential to achieving our national ideal of equal opportunity for all and to strengthen our economy and society. All students in the United States should have equal access to highly effective teachers. This must become the reality for every American student.


Introductory remarks:
Melissa Lazarín, Managing Director for Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Jenny DeMonte, Associate Director for Education Research, Center for American Progress
Angela Minnici, Director, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, American Institutes for Research

Jesús Aguirre, State Superintendent of Education, District of Columbia
Lauren Beckham, Project Coordinator, The PROGRESS Project, Calcasieu Parish School System
Kenneth B. Haines, President, Prince George’s County Education Association
Bryan Hassel, Co-Director, Public Impact

Michele McNeil, Assistant Editor and Reporter, Education Week


Friday, April 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. ET – 11:30 a.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005


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