How Members are Prioritizing Educator Policy
February 21, 2017

2017 Outlook

Educator policy continues to rank among the top issues on which Network leaders engage. Advocates plan to tackle a myriad of policies in the coming year to elevate the profession—and voices—of teachers, including work on improving preparation, support and evaluation systems, and career ladders. Network members will navigate ever-changing political landscapes, protecting gains in cultivating quality teaching, forging new opportunities to recruit and train diverse and talented teachers, and supporting educators as they implement new state and federal policies.

Key takeaways

  • 76 percent of survey respondents are planning to engage on educator policy.
  • While a majority of advocates plan to work actively on educator policies in 2017, this engagement is more likely to be as a policy on the to-do list rather than as the organization’s top priority.
  • Members reported plans to work on policies affecting the full continuum of the teaching profession: recruitment, preparation program quality and transparency, residencies, licensure, induction and mentorships, evaluation and professional development, equitable distribution of effective teachers, retention, compensation, and leadership and career pathways.
  • Whereas in past years the efforts to improve teacher quality were largely concentrated around identifying and removing ineffective teachers, this year’s diverse list of educator policies reflects feedback on the need to improve existing systems as well as the importance of addressing all points on a teacher’s career path.

State Snapshot

38 members in 23 states are planning to engage on these issues, either as a high priority or on the to-do list, in 2017. Click the map to see the full list.

High Priority Issues

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said educator policy was a high priority and are working on similar policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Eric for an e-intro.

12 members said improving educator preparation programs is a high priority

  • Advance Illinois
  • Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana
  • Educate Texas
  • Educators for Excellence-Minnesota
  • Expect More Arizona
  • Ed Allies
  • Mississippi First
  • Stand for Children Louisiana
  • Tennessee SCORE
  • Texas Aspires

9 members said educator support and evaluation is a high priority

  • Expect More Arizona
  • Chalkboard Project
  • Educate Texas
  • Educators for Excellence-Chicago
  • Stand for Children Colorado
  • Stand for Children Illinois
  • Student Success California
  • Tennessee SCORE

4 members said teacher recruitment is a high priority

  • EdVoice
  • Expect More Arizona
  • Mississippi First

Looking for expertise or thought partners on educator policy issues?

Below are members who offered to be thought partners or resources on this issue.




Tennessee SCORE David Mansouri How Tennessee has become a leader in teacher prep and teacher advocacy
Chalkboard Project Monica Cox Teacher voice and leadership, educator workforce advancement, and student voice
Educators for Excellence-Chicago Acasia Wilson Feinberg Teacher diversity and teacher leadership
Ed Allies Daniel Sellers Teacher licensure and teacher preparation
BEST-NC Brenda Berg Educator Innovation Plan, a new statewide teacher and principal pipeline effort
Educators for Excellence-Minnesota Shannon Mitchell Teacher diversity and school climate
Idaho Business for Education Rod Gramer How to get to yes when working to improve teacher standards and salaries and the pitfalls of working in this area
TennesseeCAN Charlie Bufalino Policies to ensure access to highly effective teachers, particularly for underserved students

Advocates most frequently mentioned National Council on Teacher Quality, TNTP, and the Center for American Progress as go-tos for advice and resources on educator policy,


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