National Louis University Encouraging Teachers to Partake in Education Debate
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With the recent teacher strikes in districts throughout the Chicagoland area, the public debate about education has remained at the forefront in the community and nationwide. Many have voiced their opinions about what teachers should do to increase student success and how to do it – often portraying teachers as villains.
In response to this “teacher bashing,” National Louis University professors have created the “Teacher Voice” campaign to offer strategies, thinking and confidence for teachers to speak out on important education issues in local and national debates.
The campaign includes a website, www.teachersspeakup.com, a series of podcasts, webinars, as well as strategies for teachers to make connections in the community.
The purpose of “Teacher Voice” is to empower teachers to inform the public about what they do on a day-to-day basis. For example, the website provides resources on ways for teachers to reach out to their school’s administration and the greater community. Strategies, such as one-on-one meetings with principals and community leaders, are borrowed directly from methods used by community organizers.
“Teacher Voice” is led by National Louis professors, Steve Zemelman, Ph.D., adjunct and director of the Illinois Writing Project, and Harry Ross, Ph.D., associate professor in the secondary education program in the National College of Education (NCE).