Liana Heitlin blogged on Education Week Teacher last week about a new report commissioned by the National Education Association to examine “how to help the union promote effective teaching practices.”  Heitlin also wrote about NEA President Dennis Van Roekel’s comments at a press conference unveiling the report.


Below is a snippet from the post titled “NEA Stakes a Claim in Teacher Effectiveness Debate.”


Van Roekel also said NEA would support a career ladder for teachers, with steps including Novice, Professional, and Master Teacher.  Those in leadership roles would be evaluated less frequently and earn a higher salary in exchange for working longer hours, mentoring colleagues, and taking on more challenging teaching assignments.  In addition, Van Roekel said NEA will help interested affiliates adopt peer-assistance and –review teacher evaluation programs.