Quite a crowd gathered in the Raleigh Convention Center, as well as in front of individual computers across North Carolina and 36 other states, for the 29th annual Emerging Issues Forum, Teachers and the Great Economic Debate. They gathered because they know teacher quality impacts student success, and student success boosts the economy through higher earnings. With a common quest for insights on the more difficult questions surrounding ways to develop and support world-class teachers, participants left with some amount of agreement on the paths forward and a giant sense of the work that remains ahead.
Forum speakers and attendees are already at work. Senator Jerry Tillman served on the Forum’s legislative panel, and he spoke yesterday to a first meeting of General Assembly members, teacher group leaders, education experts and parents. These participants will be poised to make recommendations to the legislature on teacher compensation by mid-April. Click here to see the video of the Forum’s legislative panel.
As groups such as the one Senator Tillman addressed proceed with their work, many of you have written to ask, “what more can I do?”
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