The unions are currently the only bodies that connect teachers with each other--the only professional organization equivalent to those that exist in other fields
We agree that policies like "last in, first out" are problematic. But we disagree about why such policies exist and what should be done about them.
We agree that evidence is important in policy decisions, and that certainty is problematic. But we have different views on how reform efforts should be paced and whether or not they should proceed incrementally.
What is the appropriate level of federal involvement? What can the Department of Education bring to the table that state and local actors can't? When does federal involvement become problematic?
Is it realistic to imagine that we can recruit two football stadiums full of exceptional...
What does an effective principal do? We both agree that instructional leadership is a part of the equation.
So often the messaging is that troubled schools should be closed down, or that they should be turned over to charter operators, or that they will benefit from major turnover in staff.
We both agree that the change won't come overnight. Beyond that, however, we see things a bit differently.
We agree, first and foremost, that preparing effective teachers is hard and complicated work.
Although we hold different positions, we do agree that training matters and that current policy rhetoric is sometimes irresponsible.