Modernizing the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education: State Policy Recommendations
Bottom Line: Modernizing teaching to meet the needs of learning environments that give every student the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college, career, civic life, and beyond, should be a national priority. To achieve this goal, teaching must become learner-centered, competency-based, equity-oriented in every sense, from preparation to professional learning through advancement and leadership. State policy can lead this vision by creating a roadmap for change, diversifying the workforce, redesigning teacher preparation and licensure, and leveraging assessment for learning.
Transforming K-12 education systems to meet the new economic, civic, and cultural demands of our global society requires a modern teacher workforce. Specifically, it requires a teacher workforce with the knowledge, skills, and systems of supports to be successful in student-centered, competency-based, and diverse learning environments.
This vision for a modernized teaching profession should be a priority for any leader invested in improving K-12 public education. State policymakers can enact enabling policies to encourage and support redesigning teacher preparation, learning, and advancement in alignment with 21st-century student learning and workforce needs.
Policymakers have long known that teachers play pivotal roles in driving student achievement. In fact, teachers can have two to three times the impact on student outcomes as any other school-related factor. And yet, the urgency for change is not just that the nation needs more talented teachers in our classrooms. The nation needs teachers with different capabilities than those that were required for the profession when it was conceived and designed in the industrial age.
The following state policy priorities can modernize teaching:
- Convening a state task force to craft a unifying vision and roadmap.
- Increasing diversity of the educator workforce.
- Preparing teachers for learner-centered, competency-based, equity-oriented education.
- Redesigning teacher licensure and credentialing.
- Building balanced systems of assessments that enable learner-centered, competency-based, equity-oriented teaching.
There are five recommendations to achieve this education vision:
1) Convene a state task force to craft a unifying vision and roadmap
2) Increase the diversity of the educator workforce
3) Prepare teachers for learner-centered, competency-based, equity-oriented education
4) Redesign teacher licensure and credentialing
5) Build balanced systems of assessments that enable learner-centered, competency-based, equity-oriented teaching
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- Moving Toward Mastery articulates 15 change strategies to help education leaders chart this transformation process.
- Executing these strategies will take shared vision and coordinated action by leaders at all levels, from the classroom to state capitals and governors’ offices to Congress.
- State policymakers are best positioned to bring all parties together to begin the necessary steps to align systems across their states.
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