Authentic Teacher Appreciation Must Advance Educator Development
NCTAF joins individuals and organizations in praising our nation’s teachers, as we recognize Teacher Appreciation Week. It is during this week that many of us remember with kind words, poignant stories, and special gifts, the educators whose work is so integral to the success of our children’s futures. However, one week of recognition is not enough when it comes to a strong commitment to our nation’s educators. At NCTAF we believe that every child deserves a quality teacher in schools organized for success. And quality teachers must be developed to teach in 21st century schools that are collaborative, innovative, data driven, and focused on the growth of children and teachers alike.
NCTAF knows that preparing the next generation of learners is a demanding job that no teacher should be expected to tackle alone. In a culture of collaboration and continuous professional development, teachers become more engaged in professionally rewarding careers and are able to more effectively educate our mobile and digitally-connected learners. Through Teachers Learning in Networked Communities (TLINC®) and Learning Studios, NCTAF works with Colleges of Education and K-12 school to explore the systemic and organizational changes that are necessary for career-long educator development. Key components of these projects include:
- Strategies that encourage and sustain ongoing collaboration
- A network of support and growth powered by online communities of practice and professional learning communities
- Access to technology that will enhance professional growth and instructional practices
- Innovative practices grounded in evidence-based teaching and learning
As the American public continues its call for excellent schools, effective teachers, and exceptional student achievement, NCTAF is mindful that high-quality teaching happens neither by accident nor by accountability alone. Effective teaching is a growth and development process that begins during the preparation years and ends when a teacher retires.
So, this week, as we do every week, NCTAF celebrates teachers by advancing practices in the field -high quality preparation in residency programs, seamless transitions from preparation to practice, and collaborative educator development – that support educator growth and long-term engagement with the teaching profession.