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Policy Recommendations for Teacher Professional Development


The Chicago chapter of Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) released its first policy memo on how to better align professional development to teacher needs:

“Investing in our Future: Honoring Teachers’ Voices in Professional Development”

The memo provides policy makers and school administrators with four policy fixes, including aligning professional development with Chicago’s new teacher evaluation system – known as REACH – to better target teacher needs and district investments. The paper also calls for creation of a “Teacher Advisory Board” to help guide the district in creating a cohesive vision and strategy for professional development.

These policy recommendations are based on input from more than 300 Chicago Public Schools teachers.

The release of the policy paper follows the recent appointment of Acasia Wilson as the new executive director of the Chicago E4E chapter. Acasia comes to E4E from Teach For America where she served as a senior leader on the National Alumni Affairs Team and supported the strategy and execution for TFA’s work with their alumni base of over 30,000 nationwide, including support for TFA-Chicago.

Joyce supports efforts like E4E to improve federal, state, and district polices to ensure students, especially those in high-need schools in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis, have access to teachers who are highly trained, properly evaluated, and well supported with professional development and career opportunities.

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