A few days ago #TeachStrong trended on Twitter. I took a peak to see what it was all about and found an amazing new movement. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.
#TeachStrong is all about modernizing and elevating teaching. It's a coalition of organizations and people that are trying to elevate the teaching profession in the United States of America. TeachPlus posted an infographic that explains the whole movement perfectly. The graphic shows the steps you need to take in order to #TeachStrong. The path starts with identifying and recruiting teacher candidates with leadership potential. Next, you re-imagine teacher preparation so it's more rooted in classroom practices. Other steps include raising the bar for licensure, increasing compensation, providing support for new teachers, providing more time and tools for teachers, ensuring tenure is meaningful, improving professional development to meet teachers' and students' needs, and creating clear career pathways that will allow teachers to grow. The infographic is posted below.
Have you heard of the #TeachStrong movement? Are you part of it? How do you think we can improve some of the topics listed? Are there any issues they left out you wish they would address?
Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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