Raise Your Hand for Public Education
NEA is issuing a renewed call to action—Raise Your Hand—a national initiative to mobilize educators, parents, and community leaders who share our commitment to ensuring the success of all our students. By tapping into their passion and power, we will unite our members and join forces with parents and community leaders and elected officials across the country to fulfill the promise of public education and prepare every student to succeed. Our students need us and we will act in the urgency of now to take action and mobilize others to raise their hands for our students and quality public education.
Raise Your Hand calls for everyone to move people beyond just talking to delivering measurable results for our students. More than a campaign and much larger than NEA, this movement will bring people together, lift up good ideas, smart policies and successful programs. We’re working together to spread good ideas to schools in communities across the nation.
Together, we can lead a movement to transform public education in America by ensuring:
- Successful Students. Believe the quality of one’s education shouldn’t be determined by income or zip code? Then Raise Your Hand for student success. All students should enter schools where the curriculum is aligned with high standards that help unleash their genius and passion. Students must have equal meaningful educational opportunity that prepares them to think critically, solve problems, and attain global competence. College and career-ready standards—Common Core State Standards—have the potential not only to drive deeper learning for students, but better instruction from educators, and more tools and support based upon each student’s unique needs. We will push to have educators’ voices help review the next generation of assessments of student learning, so we go beyond “bubble tests” that are not aligned to the curriculum and that currently punish more than they promote student learning and educator excellence.
- Accomplished Education Professionals. Believe every student should have the best possible educators in their schools? Then Raise Your Hand to create accomplished education professionals in every school. Too many educators struggle in environments that do not provide them with the training and resources necessary to succeed as professionals. Educators know that student success is the most important outcome of their performance but they must receive professional development to enhance their practice and they must be empowered at every level in the development of curriculum and assessments. Educators can improve their knowledge and skills by connecting to training opportunities, lesson plans, and more through our Great Public Schools Network, the NEA Academy, our NEA-BetterLesson Common Core site, and more.
- Empowered Education Leaders. Believe quality education policy and programs require the input of talented education professionals? Then Raise Your Hand to engage and support new and veteran educators in setting the standard and leading the professions. Current educators also need to be prepared and equipped to attract and engage a new generation of educators who are equally committed to creating student enthusiasm for learning. The NEA, together with partners, is overhauling its leadership development framework and competencies in order to equip the next generation of educator leaders who will continue to drive NEA’s student-centered agenda. Our Teacher Leadership projects and our effort to Elevate Education Support Professionals’ Careers will not only emphasize high standards for entry into the profession, but an ongoing commitment to excellence throughout all educators’ careers. Read about NEA’s Leadership Agenda here.
- Dynamic Collaboration. Want to transform a school? Then Raise Your Hand and bring together the educators, parents, members of the school community and local leaders and empower them to define student success— and create a plan to accomplish it. Parent and community involvement are essential elements of student success. Together we can create change that will make a difference in the lives of our students and the future of our nation. Our Great Public Schools Fund will provide $60 million over the next ten years alone to NEA members at the state and local level, in partnership with others, to design programs and plans that help students succeed, enhance educator quality and practice, and involve parents and the community in their public schools.
Raise Your Hand requires unprecedented and dynamic collaboration. We are deeply committed to bringing the full resources of our more than 3 million NEA members to this huge body of work, but we can’t do it alone. Make a commitment today to share the responsibility for ensuring Great Public Schools for Every Student. Join us and Raise Your Hand for Public Education and Student Success!
GPS Indicators Framework
This chart is designed to give policymakers, educators, and advocates a framework to evaluate how well states and districts address areas critical to the success of public schools.
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