Voices Say Teachers Must Speak Out But We Need the Teachers

Lots of people saying it right now. Here’s blogger Beth Shaum saying it cogently in a post on her site, Use Your Outside Voice.  Happily, she includes a brief portrait of an outstanding classroom for adults. Then there are a string of comments responding to the blog post, “Why Teachers Should Educate the Public About the Profession,” which we just featured in a post ourselves last week. A typical comment on this appeared on ASCD’s LinkedIn site .  Here’s another on that site. And yet another essay, this one by Kevin Meuwissen, on Education Week’s site Oct. 15th saying that teachers have an important role to play politically, since education is inevitably political.

So more and more voices say teachers must speak out but we need the teachers. So I challenge every one of these commentators and bloggers to take steps themselves to actually make it happen, rather than just saying it’s a good idea. Get a teacher to write about his or her work and help get it published on the web or the print media. Write a portrait of a great teacher yourself and get it published on the web or in print.

I figure that I had better be doing the same myself, or I’ll be guilty of the same talking-the-talking-but-not walking-the-walk. So take a look at my latest effort — teacher Catherine Clarke’s lovely piece that I posted on my blog, “Teachers Speak Up,” on http://evanston.patch.com .



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2 Comments to “Voices Say Teachers Must Speak Out But We Need the Teachers”

  1. Hi, Steven.

    Couldn’t agree more–bravo! Not much use to “talk” teacher voice without acting on it. 🙂

    That’s why the Center for Teaching Quality (http://www.teachingquality.org) supports teachers in writing, publishing, and speaking about their bold ideas and expert practices. Teachers in the CTQ community publish hundreds of pieces each year in a variety of venues, from local newspapers to education journals to our own blogs page (which currently features 16 teacher bloggers). We’ve set up a number of partnerships with prominent websites and publications.

    Editorial support is available from CTQ staff and paid writing coaches who are also practicing teachers. We are sometimes able to provide teacher writers with stipends to compensate them for their time and leadership in writing an article or blog entries.

    I’m happy to announce that yesterday we launched a new Communications lab within cTQ’s virtual community (the Collaboratory). Facilitated by a teacher blogger, this lab is open to all Collaboratory members as a space to share ideas, resources, drafts, and questions about communications. Teachers affiliated with Teachers Speak Up are welcome to join!

    It’s easy:

    1) Join the CTQ Collaboratory (http://www.teachingquality.org)–this process takes less than 2.5 minutes.

    2) Then join the Communications Lab (http://www.teachingquality.org/content/communications-lab).

    Hope you’ll take part in that conversation while of course continuing to engage with the great stuff Steven is posting here. 🙂

    Braden Welborn, Content & Publishing, CTQ
    bwelborn@teachingquality.org

  2. szemelman says:

    Braden–
    It would be great if you could alert us with a comment — or a message through our Teachers Speak Up Facebook page — when a CTQ teacher gets a piece published in the more public media. I worry that teachers’ blogs (including my own) get read mainly by other teachers, rather than the wider community.

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