National State Teachers of the Year Applaud NEA Commission Report

Accomplished teachers praise vision outlined in Transforming Teaching

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The National State Teachers of the Year (NSTOY) leadership team, comprised of teacher leaders recognized for excellence in the classroom, is encouraged by the recent National Education Association (NEA) report, "Transforming Teaching."

"We are pleased to see the alignment of key ideas in the NEA report and our own recently completed strategic plan," said Rebecca Snyder, Chair of the NSTOY Steering Committee.

The newly revitalized NSTOY organization has developed a robust strategic plan to transform teaching practice through differentiated roles for teachers, provide increased focus on student achievement, and include the voice of accomplished teachers in the education reform debate. 

NSTOY is in agreement with the NEA that there needs to be significant improvements in educator professional development. 

"In many schools and districts across the country, teachers are handed the keys to their classrooms on the first day of school and then spend the entire year in a room with a closed door and little colleague interaction during teaching hours," said Marguerite Izzo, New York State Teacher of the Year 2007. "If all students are to have access to highly effective teachers who would equip them with the skills necessary to navigate a rapidly changing world, then America's schools must do more than change. It's time to transform schools and increase equity while elevating student learning to the levels of deep knowledge, creativity, collaboration and problem-solving required in the 21st century. We believe that this can be accomplished by restructuring the staffing models currently defined in many schools."

NSTOY believes that by differentiating roles and responsibilities for career advancement, more talented teachers will be recruited and retained thereby increasing effective teaching.

NSTOY is encouraged by the NEA's willingness to address compensation based on skills, assignments and effectiveness that will provide an important opportunity to recognize teachers who strive every day to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

"NSTOY members represent State Teachers of the Year in a wide variety of school settings, including charter schools, and not all are union members. We see much in the NEA report that is aligned with our thinking, and we look forward to discussing the report with NEA leadership," said Kelly Kovacic, charter school teacher and California Teacher of the Year 2010.

NSTOY is a nonprofit, nonpartisan service organization, made up of National and State Teachers of the Year, grounded in the belief that every child deserves teaching of the highest quality. Committed to the idea that education is a vital part of our democratic society, NSTOY strives to let the voice of outstanding teachers be heard. A revitalized NSTOY will release its Strategic Plan in early 2012.

Media Contact: Rebecca Snyder National State Teachers of the Year, (724) 309-7204,

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