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1 United States Department of Education, RESPECT Project “Our goal is to work with educators in rebuilding their profession—and to elevate the teacher voice in shaping federal, state and local education policy…Our larger goal is to make teaching not only America’s most important profession—but America’s most respected profession.”

2 United States Department of Education, RESPECT Project An Introduction to the National Conversation

3 Logistics Please use the chat function of the WebEx platform to submit questions. Questions may be submitted at any point during the discussion. Mute your phone when not speaking to reduce background noise.

4 Agenda TimeTopicPresenter(s) 5 MinutesIntroductions and AgendaGillian Cohen-Boyer 5 Minutes Background: RESPECT Project and National Conversation Gillian Cohen-Boyer 20 MinutesRESPECT Project ToolkitLaurie Calvert 10 Minutes Honoring the Process & Next Steps Greg Mullenholz 20 MinutesQuestions and DiscussionAll Participants

5 Panel of Presenters Gillian Cohen-Boyer – Director, ED Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Laurie Calvert – Teacher Liaison, Office of Communications and Outreach Greg Mullenholz – Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow

6 Objectives By the end of the session, we will have: – Developed an understanding of the background and impetus for the RESPECT Project; – Identified the features of the toolkit and the process for hosting a conversation of your own, including setting it up, facilitating, and reporting back to ED; – Gained answers and understandings to any related questions.

7 Why RESPECT? R Recognizing E Educational S Success P Professional E Excellence C Collaborative T Teaching

8 What Does It All Mean? Educational Success recognizes our commitment to improving student outcomes Professional Excellence means that we will continuously sharpen our practice, and that we will recognize, reward, and learn from great teachers and school leaders. Collaborative Teaching means that we will concentrate on shared responsibility and decision-making. Successful collaboration means creating schools where principals and teachers work and learn together in communities of practice, hold each other accountable, and lift each other to new levels of skill and competence.

9 Why a National Conversation? Want to Get it Right Secretary, Senior Staff and TAFs have talked with 100s of teachers and heard the many challenges to teachers feeling and being respected. President addressed through 2012 State of the Union: “Teaching is a profession and should be treated like one... The President is asking for a new competitive program that will challenge states and districts to work with their teachers and unions to comprehensively reform the teaching profession.” - Department proposed $5 billion in 2013 Budget for: “States and districts to pursue bold reforms at every stage of the profession, including by reforming colleges of education and making these schools more selective; creating new career ladders for teachers and ensuring that earnings are tied more closely to performance; establishing more leadership roles and responsibilities for teachers in running schools; improving professional development and time for collaboration among teachers; providing greater individual and collective autonomy in the classroom in exchange for greater accountability; creating evaluation systems based on multiple measures, rather than just test scores; and re-shaping tenure to raise the bar, protect good teachers, and promote accountability.” -

10 RESPECT Project Toolkit On the web: conversation


12 Before the Conversation Send Discussion Document Ask participants to read and bring it with them

13 During the Conversation Introductions (pass around sign-in) (10 min.) Purpose and agenda (5) Review time (5) Discuss vision and questions (20 min) Small group discussions, 5 groups (20) Groups report/whole group discussion (50) – 5 min to report and 5 min to discuss Wrap up: whip around, next steps (10)

14 Small Group Topics Listed in How to Lead a Conversation Each group examines a distinct aspect of the Vision 1.Teacher selection and prep 2.Professional career continuum and compensation 3.Conditions for success 4.Evaluation and support 5.Getting teachers to high-need students and subjects What would you add, keep, eliminate?

15 Other Items in Kit

16 After the Conversation Send a thank-you note to participants with follow up information (how to have their own conversation, strategies to get involved, etc.) Email ED:

17 What to Send to 1.Group Feedback form 2.Sign in sheet 3.Message about how it went

18 Honoring the Process Open Discussion – not a Campaign. Moving from Listening for Challenges towards Crafting Tangible Solutions. ED is asking for assistance in setting the Vision so get the solutions right. Critical importance of teachers leading the future of the profession. Means trying to not get bogged down in the challenges and turning worst fears for the future into articulation of our best hopes.

19 What’s Next? Conversations with Teachers and Principals Revising the Vision Public Comment Draft Competition and ask for Public Comment (Summer) 2013 Funds Allocated Competition Begins

20 Questions

21 Further Reading Education Week Op-Ed: – ml Huffington Post Op-Ed: – to-excel-the_b_1306548.html Secretary Duncan’s RESPECT Roll-Out Speech: – ED Press Release: – seeks-elevate-teaching-profession-duncan-launch-respect-pro Blog Entry: –

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