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Department Releases Blueprint to Transform Teaching Profession




Department Releases Blueprint to Transform Teaching Profession

On April 25th, the U.S. Department of Education released its plan for transforming the teaching profession titled “A Blueprint for Recognizing Education Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching (RESPECT).” The Blueprint for RESPECT is the latest piece of the department’s efforts to start a national conversation on the teaching profession, which began in 2012.

Developed in conversation with over 5,700 educators nationwide and other education stakeholders, the Blueprint proposes a competitive, $5 billion grant program to focus on seven areas critical to transforming the teaching profession.

  1. Shared responsibility and leadership among educators and administration
  2. Top educators are entering the profession and are fully prepared for success
  3. Continual growth and professional development for educators and administrators
  4. Ensure educators and principals remain effective once in the classroom
  5. Career advancement opportunities and competitive compensation for educators
  6. School and classroom conditions are optimal for successful learning and teaching
  7. Engage the community in the success of the school and students

In addition, the blueprint proposes a special program to support a STEM master teacher corps. The department’s vision for the corps is to improve the retention of STEM educators, recruit high-achieving STEM professionals to be educators, and expand the impact these educators have on their colleagues. To accomplish these goals, the corps would provide a specified funding stream in the RESPECT program to recognize and reward the most accomplished STEM educators with an annual $20,000 stipend in addition to a base salary and opportunities to serve as instructional leaders in their schools and communities.

In conjunction with the release of the Blueprint for RESPECT, the department has also re-launched its website on the RESPECT project. The website provides additional information on the project, how the department devised the blueprint and other resources for educators.

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