Supporting America's Educators to Expand Opportunity USDOE

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By Dr. John B. King, Jr.

Presentation January 21, 2016
Dr. John B. King, Jr.

In this speech, given by Acting Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr. on January 21, 2016, Dr. King asks for educator leadership and partnership to focus on:

• Doing more to ensure equity and excellence throughout our P-20 system.

• Lifting up the teaching profession and school leadership.

• Ensuring that students who began college and postsecondary training complete college and postsecondary training, particularly low income students and students of color.

He describes the new ESSA law as providing the opportunity to reclaim the goal of a well-rounded education for all students: an education that not only includes strong numeracy and literacy but provides all students with access to science, social studies, the arts, physical education and health, and the opportunity to learn a second language.

He further calls for support to ensure that educators are well-paid, particularly those who take on the most challenging assignments; strengthen teacher preparation, so that is grounded in the real-world challenges of the classroom; and ensure that teachers are prepared to work in diverse settings. Dr. King also called for more diversity—racially and linguistically—among our teacher population, and support for states in their focus on that work, and stated that ensuring good support for the profession must mean that we tackle issues of inequitable finance.

Finally, the Acting Secretary calls for ongoing professional development that ensures teachers have good support as part of a strong, collaborative, school environment with a focus on professional development as embedded experiences that build teacher collaboration. And, to strengthen the teaching profession, he highlights the need to ensure that there are opportunities to lead and that leadership does not require leaving the classroom.

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Topic

Teaching and Learning

Subtopic

Effective Teachers

Audience

Districts
States