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Listening to Teachers: Classroom Realities and No Child Left Behind

Abstract

"When it comes to understanding what teachers think they need to improve their schools, these findings point us in some important directions. Teachers need more resources, but they believe these resources should be for curricular and instructional materials aligned with state standards. They want more time to collaborate with other teachers more than they want additional professional development time. And they want to have experienced administrators in their schools, to work with experienced teachers, and to have more involvement of parents. Their support for directing resources to the curriculum and for experienced staff is far greater than their support for accountability reforms or their desire to teach better performing students."

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