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The Teachers are Coming! BetterLesson and the NEA Team Up To Transform Teacher Development

June 26, 2013

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We’re thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with the biggest education organization on the planet — the National Education Association (NEA) — to launch the NEA Master Teacher Project (MTP) and take on the daunting crisis we face in teacher development and support.

Right now, nearly two-thirds of teachers in the US report feeling unprepared for their daily work in the classroom (and this was before implementation of the Common Core!). And while teachers didn’t create this mess, we’re darn sure that they’re the route out of it.

As it turns out, the NEA agrees.

So we’re partnering to build the first educator-created body of knowledge around effective teaching.

 Building on the success of the Master Teacher Project BL began earlier this year, the NEA MTP will be working with the best teachers in the country to document and share what makes them so effective. The master teachers (MTs) will share both the “how” (instructional strategies and classroom management procedures) and the “what” (complete lessons, units, and courses) behind their successful teaching, and they’ll do so on the new and improved BetterLesson.com site (See a preview here!). With the NEA MTP, we’re bringing the full richness of Master Teachers’ curriculum and practice within reach for every teacher – for free!

Over the next month, we’ll be using a rigorous application process to recruit and select 95 of the top Math and English Language Arts (ELA) teachers across the country. These teachers will be paid $15,000 to capture their entire year’s worth of teaching, deeply aligned with the Common Core. While our existing MTP Pilot only covers grades 6-12 math, the NEA MTP will allow us to achieve full coverage of the Common Core — K-12 math and ELA — with 5 MTs at each grade level. MTs will build and share over 130 full courses with over 15,000 lessons on the BL site. And next year, BL and the NEA plan to set our collective sights on science as the Next Generation Science Standards evolve.

This is ambitious work. And ambitious work calls for bold partners. That’s why it’s so important that the NEA’s thrown its full weight behind this effort. With this project, the NEA proves very serious about getting its teachers exactly what they’ve been asking for — smart, practical support for the work they’re so invested in daily. Who says giant unions can’t be agile?

 We can’t wait to bring this living, breathing body of knowledge to our BL community of over 275,000 registered teachers… as well as to millions of NEA members!

Oh — And do you know a fantastic math or ELA teacher? Share the Application!

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