Billionaire Bill Gates recently announced that his foundation will invest $1.7 billion in public education.
On World Teachers' Day, the United Nations called for teacher empowerment, freedom, and support.
According to a recent study, education spending per student has decreased in the United States and increased across other countries.
A recent study shows that the United States has the largest wage gap between teachers and other workers with the same education level.
Indeed.com recently released a list of large U.S. cities where teachers are paid the best.
A recent video imagines a world where we treat teachers the same way we treat professional athletes.
Arizona math teacher Christine Rowlan raised money so each student at her school could have a pair of eclipse glasses.
The New Teacher Retreat supports educators who are in their first five years of teaching.
A third-grade teacher from Oklahoma recently panhandled on a busy highway to raise money for school supplies.
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WHO WE ARE
Elevate Teachers is a community of private citizens, parents, and voters who believe teachers are public servants who deserve our support and respect. We want to participate in the national conversation around education with an understanding that teachers are on the front lines of social development, tasked to serve their communities in accordance with the expectations and obligations we, the people, have chosen. Therefore, for education to improve, we must first respect, support, and elevate the role of teaching in our politics and our culture, while examining the choices we, as a society, have made regarding the educational system.
WHY IS ACTION NEEDED?
Teacher status in the United States is slipping badly
- Teacher job satisfaction has dropped 15 points to its lowest level in over 20 years, while teacher stress levels have increased
- US teachers' status lags far behind their counterparts in China, South Korea, Turkey, Egypt, and Greece
- Enrollment in teacher education programs has decreased dramatically and will lead to a significant teacher shortage
- Mainstream press coverage of education focuses on testing outcomes and often blames teachers for poor results
We, along with thousands of you, would like to become a force in the country to muster the public to get behind their teachers and to help in the effort to elevate their stature. We believe that through the dialogue we plan to develop, understanding will lead to respect.