The new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has shifted decision-making power around accountability, assessment, and teacher leadership to the states. What does this means for teachers? It means that we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to advise Illinois policymakers on the indicators of school quality and college and career readiness that should be part of our accountability system; and on strategies to ensure teacher quality in our state.
As a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow, I’ve been learning a lot about ESSA, what its implementation entails in Illinois and how teachers can get involved. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), which has organized listening tours to engage stakeholders in the development of its ESSA plan, wants to hear from as many teachers as possible.
I'm hosting a sesson for teachers and my goal is to gather feedback to bring back to ISBE to inform their plan. I will provide refreshments for both sessions! This is a great opportunity to give feedback about an education policy that will directly impact our students before it's actually finalized. Your voice matters! Please consider joining me for one of the sessions and please reach out with any questions!