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Priorities for Policymakers

What You Can Do
Engage in these actions and practices to support great teaching and learning in your community.

Top Priorities for Policymakers

  1. Enact policies that require all TPPs to provide a full year of clinical practice and be nationally accredited through CAEP.

  2. Provide resources needed for TPPs to institute programs culminating with year-long clinical practice and provide stipends to support candidates as they complete their preparation programs.

  3. Use profession-established standards for both initial licensure and for movement to full professional licensure; use profession-developed and -administered performance assessments/measures as the primary factors in granting licenses.

  4. Recognize successful completion of NBC’s performance assessment process as the benchmark for accomplished practice.

  5. Remove entry barriers to those wishing to pursue teacher preparation, and require that TPPs provide significant supports to develop the academic foundation and cultural competence of each candidate to ensure “profession readiness” upon program completion.

  6. Provide resources needed so teachers, schools, districts, and communities can provide quality, career-long professional learning for educators; experiences to build positive cultural understanding among teachers and communities; and access to a great public school education for every student.

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Priorities for Partners & Communities

What You Can Do

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National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.