Maddie Fennell, a Nebraska teacher and chair of the NEA’s Commission on Effective Teaching, is guest-blogging at EdWeek. Great series — zippy, thoughtful. Lots of love in the comments section (in contrast to my contributions here; fear not, Andy returns Monday).
Fennell describes a transformative teacher career ladder that culminates with “Accomplished or Master Teacher.” In addition to higher pay, these folks may “be adjunct faculty at a university, mentor novice teachers, share management responsibility at the building-level, or lead district-level committees. They are assigned the students most in need of their advanced skills.”
Something quite similar to her proposed ladder is being piloted in charter networks like Achievement First. Additionally, the teacher prep program in Boston where I work hires precisely Accomplished or Master Teachers as adjunct faculty.
I mention that to illustrate that charter schools sometimes develop ideas that could work in more traditional systems, both K-12 and Schools of Education, even if other aspects are unappealing to traditionalists, or not easily replicable.
(Of course, I hope my mentioning that isn’t a Scarlet Letter to Fennell’s NEA colleagues. We’re in an age where a Heritage Foundation health care idea that Romney piloted was later judged to be “guilty by association” and “socialist” because You-Know-Who championed it.)
-Guestblogger Mike Goldstein