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Educators 4 Excellence-New York praises state education department

July 29, 2016

The early release of statewide test scores and participation rates show improved results and a stable rate of opt-out (press release).

E4E-New York statements on school climate proposal released by Mayor deBlasio and NYC education department

July 21, 2016

The city's proposal to eliminate suspensions for K-2 children and create a process for schools and communities to remove security scanners mark a step forward for making schools welcoming spaces for every student, said E4E-New York executive director Maryanne Kiley (statement).

Educators 4 Excellence members selected to present professional development proposal to education leaders in Chicago, July 21-22

July 20, 2016

E4E-Chicago Teachers Among Twelve Teams Selected from Across the Country to Present Ideas for Improving Supports for Teaching and Learning



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Contact: Ciara Mentzer | (847) 651-5505



July 22, 2016 (Chicago) – A group of teachers from Educators 4 Excellence-Chicago, a teacher-led organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in policy discussions, were selected to present ideas for improving teaching and learning this Friday at Agents for Learning, hosted by Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF). The E4E-Chicago teachers are one of twelve teams chosen to share proposals for how best to use federal funding for professional learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

E4E-Chicago members will present recommendations from “Investing in our Future: Honoring Teachers’ Voices in Professional Development,” a proposal developed after conducting extensive research and gathering input from over 300 education colleagues.

 “Our members are thrilled for the opportunity to present teachers’ ideas for improving professional development, which come directly from working classroom teachers, to such a prestigious group of education stakeholders,” said Executive Director of E4E-Chicago Acasia Wilson Feinberg. “Professional development is one of the greatest, most under-leveraged investments a district can make to attract, retain and advance teacher talent. There is tremendous potential for producing better PD through teacher feedback and guidance in how we invest our dollars.”

 “As a teacher, I am thrilled to share this opportunity with passionate colleagues who are invested in teaching better every day,” said educator and E4E-Chicago Policy Team member Steve Fouts. “There are some simple and very smart changes that can be made to transform professional development, starting with listening to teacher feedback. When we do not have input into our own professional development, we are less likely to accept criticism and feel accountable in our own improvement.”

“Lack of teacher buy-in in PD hurts students and decreases the effectiveness of schools,” added Fouts.


Ideas to be presented include:

  • Aligning PD with teacher evaluation so that investments in professional development reflect teachers’ areas of growth as identified in evaluation feedback
  • Making access to PD opportunities easier by streamlining communication about upcoming opportunities and available resources
  • Developing formal roles for experienced and talented educators to facilitate PD
  • A transparent structure for recording and accessing reviews by teachers on PD quality, including written feedback about resources and opportunities.

The E4E-Chicago members presenting teacher PD recommendations are:

  • Steve Fouts, Ed.D. math teacher, Fredrick Douglass Academy High School
  • Lani Luo, eleventh-grade teacher, Rauner College Prep
  • Gabrielle Pike, instructional lead and learning behavioral specialist, Stuart G. Ferst Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center
  • Lynn Osborne-Simmons, science teacher for diverse learners and students with special needs, Curie Metropolitan High School
  • DeJernet Farder, first-grade teacher, Morton School of Excellence

Virginia Edwards, editor-in-chief of Education Week, will moderate the competition. Judges include Stephanie Banchero, program director for the Education Program, Joyce Foundation; Jahana Hayes, 2016 national teacher of the year; Chris Minnich, executive director, Council of Chief State School Officers; and Rachel Wise, chair, Nebraska Board of Education, NASBE. The competition will be live-streamed from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. CT on Friday, June 22, via: http://bit.ly/29YR8sA.




For far too long, education policy has been created without a critical voice at the table – the voice of classroom teachers. Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, is changing this dynamic by placing the voices of teachers at the forefront of the conversations that shape our classrooms and careers. E4E has a quickly growing national network of educators united by our Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs. E4E members can learn about education policy and research, network with like-minded peers and policymakers and take action by advocating for teacher-created policies that lift student achievement and the teaching profession.

For more information, please visit www.educators4excellence.org.

Educators 4 Excellence statement on the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling

July 7, 2016

Their deaths are a clarion call to action for all those who stand on the side of justice, said Madaline Edison, Executive Director of E4E-Minnesota.


Educators 4 Excellence-Chicago statement on passage of temporary school funding measure

July 1, 2016

Illinois lawmakers passed a six-month budget that allow schools to open on time in September, but does not address the state or the city's larger fiscal challenges (press release).

Educators 4 Excellence-Chicago calls for improving REACH evaluations to better foster teachers’ professional growth

June 2, 2016

A new E4E-Chicago Teacher Policy Team report, “The Evolution of Evaluation: A Way Forward by Teachers, for Teachers,” recommends improving the city's REACH evaluation system based on teacher feedback and extensive research (press release).

Educators 4 Excellence-New York applauds state education department for greater transparency in state testing

June 1, 2016

NYSED will release 75 percent of state test items, allowing for meaningful feedback from teachers to improve test quality and restore public trust in state assessments and aligning with prior recommendations from E4E-New York teachers (press release).

Educators 4 Excellence-New York congratulates Michael Mulgrew on reelection as UFT president

May 27, 2016

Nearly 10,000 more votes were cast this year, including a projected increase of over 7,500 votes from in-school employees, said E4E-New York Executive Director Maryanne Kiley (press release).

Educators 4 Excellence-Los Angeles teachers release plan to make the Common Core more accessible to all students

May 27, 2016

The teacher-authored report was developed by an E4E-Los Angeles’s Teacher Policy Team and includes recommendations to better leverage time, teachers, resources and partnerships at the district, union and state level (press release). 

Educators 4 Excellence statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed ESSA regulations

May 26, 2016

The new regulations set clear values and design principles, including equity, distribution of effective teachers and accountability measures that must be in place to ensure states effectively serve all students (press release).

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