How Members Are Prioritizing Educator Policy in 2018
February 1, 2018

Use the bullets below to jump to a specific section, or visit the 2018 Network Member Priorities Overview.

2018 Outlook

PIE Network advocates continue to prioritize policies that support and elevate the teaching profession. Many leaders continue to focus their energy on current educators, including improving teaching quality and modernizing compensation. Still more advocates have shifted “upstream” to tackle educator recruitment and preparation, with more organizations planning to work on these issues than any other within educator policy. Of the 29 organizations actively planning to work on educator policy in 2018, more than half regularly engage current educators through formal and informal advocacy opportunities.

Key Takeaways

  • Member engagement on educator policy is high. Only four survey participants said this issue was not a priority.
  • The Network movement splits between planning to engage on the issue and watching carefully for developments. Twenty-eight organizations said this was either a high priority or on the to-do list. Twenty-six organizations said they were watching the issue carefully.
  • Of those engaging on educator policy, members are seeking to improve educator preparation policies, teacher certification requirements, compensation models, evaluation policies, and educator diversity.

State Snapshot

Twenty-nine PIE Network members in 18 states are planning to engage on this issue in 2018, either as a high priority or on the to-do list.

Member Engagement

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said they were planning to work on similar educator policy issues. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Eric for an introduction.


Fifteen Members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AZ A for Arizona: Transform Certification Bureaucracies
  • CO DFER Colorado: Grow Your Own and Teacher Prep Pilot Legislation to Address Teacher Shortage
  • CO Colorado Succeeds: Address Teacher Shortage, Remove Barriers to Non-Traditional Teachers in Classrooms
  • CO Ready Colorado: Eliminate Artificial Barriers to Entry
  • CT Connecticut Council for Education Reform: Teacher Certification Regulations
  • CT ConnCAN: Alternative Route to Teacher Certification, Roadmap to Certification
  • IL Advance Illinois: Data Transparency and Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs & Teacher Shortage
  • IN Stand for Children Indiana: Funding for Teacher Residency and Career Pathways
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Monitor and Protect Robust Teacher Preparation Policies
  • MA Teach Plus-Massachusetts: Improve Teacher Preparation to Provide Training and Support for Personalized Learning
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Strengthen Teacher Prep
  • MN Educators for Excellence-Minnesota: Defend Efforts On Licensing, Teacher Prep
  • MN EdAllies: Remove Licensure Barriers
  • NC BEST NC: Expand Principal Recruitment and Preparation, Educator Recruitment
  • TN Tennessee SCORE: Improve Principal and Teacher Preparation
  • TX Educate Texas: Improve Teacher Prep Standards
  • WA DFER Washington: Teacher Workforce – Paraprofessional Pathways to Teaching Credential


Eight members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • CA Parent Revolution: Ensure that Underserved Students Have Access to Effective Teachers
  • CO DFER Colorado: Defense on Teacher Effectiveness
  • IN Stand for Children Indiana: Keep Student Performance and Teacher Evaluation Connected
  • GA Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: Equitable Distribution of Teachers, Equity Report and Dashboards
  • MA Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: Support Stronger Teacher Evaluation
  • MI The Education Trust-Midwest: Strengthened Systems
  • NY Educators for Excellence-New York: Highlight Problems with the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) Pool and Work Towards a Contractual Time Limit for Teachers to be in the ATR
  • NY The Education Trust-New York: Student Access to Effective and Diverse Educators
  • TX Educate Texas: Improve Thoughtful Evaluation and Compensation Models


Six members report currently engaging on this issue.

  • AZ Expect More Arizona: Teacher Pay
  • CA EdVoice: Extending Probationary Period, Preventing Roll Back to Tenure, Pensions, and Tax Policy Relating to Teachers and Education Funding Guarantee
  • ID Idaho Business for Education: Teacher Salaries
  • NC BEST NC: Identify Innovative STEM Teacher Compensation Options
  • TX Educate Texas: Evaluation and Compensation Models
  • TX Texas Aspires: Teacher Compensation Policies


Four members are currently engaging on this issue.

  • CT ConnCAN: Increasing Classroom Diversity
  • LA Stand for Children Louisiana: Increase and Diversify the Teacher Pipeline
  • MN Educators for Excellence-Minnesota: Increase Funding for Teacher Diversity
  • NY The Education Trust-New York: Student Access to Effective and Diverse Educators

Expertise on this Issue

Below are members with experience who offered themself as a thought partner on this issue.

  • BEST NC, Brenda Berg, CEO: Principal and Teacher – recruitment, preparation, and compensation
  • Chalkboard Project: Erin Hart, Vice President of Education Policy: Educator Policy, Teacher Preparation, Navigating Local Control State, Leadership Development, Collaboration Work, School Board strengthening and equity work
  • Educate Texas, John Fitzpatrick, President, Teacher Preparation
  • Educators for Excellence-Chicago, Acasia Wilson Feinberg, Executive Director: School Climate and Culture
  • Educators for Excellence-New York: Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-CEO: Educators engagement, teacher evaluation under ESSA, and school discipline policy
  • Educators for Excellence-Minnesota, Madaline Edison, Executive Director: School-based Change on Discipline Disparities, Janus v. AFSCME Case Information
  • EdVoice, Bill Lucia, President & CEO: Teacher Evaluation and Probation
  • Stand for Children Illinois, Jessica Handy, Government Affairs Director: IL Teacher Pension Funding
  • Stand for Children Indiana, Mary Gardner, Government Affairs Director, Teacher Residency
  • Stand for Children Louisiana, Mallory Wall-Padgett, Government Affairs Director: Educator Policy
  • Teach Plus Massachusetts, Paul Toner, Executive Director: Teacher Leadership in Policy and Practice
  • Texas Aspires, Courtney Boswell MacDonald, Executive Director: Teacher Quality Issues – Evaluations, Teacher Voice Work, and Compensation
  • The Education Trust-Midwest, Amber Arellano, Executive Director: Tenure Reform and Educator Evaluation

Advocates most frequently mentioned National Council on Teacher Quality, TNTP, Teach For America, and CCSSO as go-tos for advice and resources on educator policy.


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