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Teaching 2030
What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools—Now and in the Future

Barnett Berry and the TeacherSolutions 2030 Team
Pub Date: January 2011, 272 pages

Paperback: $27.95, ISBN: 0807751545

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“A fresh take on the real future of teaching, Teaching 2030 delves into the myriad of issues that teachers face today and will confront in the future. Barnett and his colleagues pose bold ideas for recruiting and rewarding teachers. They point out how we should restructure accountability and more, in order to provide our nation’s children with the education they deserve.”
Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education and former Governor of South Carolina

“Teaching 2030 is a brilliant look at the future of teaching in America from the perspective of those who know most about what it is and should be: accomplished teachers. Working with Barnett Berry, himself a former teacher and one of the nation’s foremost experts on teaching, these voices frame the issues and the possibilities with passion, knowledge, and insight. Everyone who cares about teaching and learning should read this book.”
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University and author of The Flat World and Education

“This is an exciting and provocative portrait of how teaching could look in 20 years, painting a picture of a profession centered on student learning. Barnett Berry and his colleagues make it clear that making this vision a reality is up to all of us.”
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

“In this engaging volume, a notable and diverse team of accomplished teachers, and a researcher who advocates for them, explain why the teaching profession needs a dramatic overhaul and present an intriguing path to a more promising future. This provocative work is a welcome contribution to thinking about how we can get our kids the teachers they need.”
Frederick M. Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

“Teaching 2030 is a remarkable, revolutionary picture of the future of our schools. Blasting the intellectual meltdown shaping too much of today's education policy, Berry and his colleagues reveal extraordinary opportunities to improve our schools and serve every student. Deeply respectful of teachers, Teaching 2030 proposes how teachers and support professionals can help craft and take more ownership of their professions. This is an exciting and hopeful vision of possibility.”
Dennis Van Roekel, president, National Education Association

“Teaching 2030
lays the groundwork for a bold vision for the teaching profession. In championing a student-centered profession, Barnett Berry elevates the voices of expert teachers on how to rejuvenate the educator workforce through policy and practice. He challenges us to rethink the ‘brick-and-mortar’ education career of the past and to envision the possibilities for creating the schools we need for the future.”
Bob Wise, former West Virginia Governor and President of the Alliance for Excellent Education

“There is no other person in our country that captures the teacher voice like Barnett Berry. In his new book, Barnett works with 12 expert teacher colleagues in describing what teaching must look like in 2030 and what we need to do now. It is a call for policymakers and the to recruit the brightest and best to join our ranks and prepare them to lead the way for transforming the public schools. This is a must read for all practioners and policy makers to ensure our schools are ready to prepare our students for 21st Century Careers.”
Betsy Rogers, 2003 National Teacher of the Year

In the raging controversy over the purpose of public education and how to fix the nation’s underperforming schools, the voices of America’s best teachers are seldom heard. Now for the first time, in a provocative book about the future of teaching and learning, 12 of America’s most accomplished classroom educators join a leading advocate for a 21st-century teaching profession to bring expert pedagogical know-how and fresh and provocative policy ideas to the national school reform debate. Together they identify four emergent realities that will shape the learning experience of children born in the New Millennium—and propose six levers of change that can ignite a bright future for our nation’s students by ensuring they all have access to excellent teaching. To create the public schools all students deserve, today and tomorrow, the authors call on policymakers and the public to work with teachers in:

  • Creating a dynamic and flexible learning environment for students and teachers, and powerful new ways to define and measure school success;
  • Transforming public education through digital technologies while reinventing brick and mortar school buildings into 24/7 hubs of community support for students and families;
  • Re-imagining teaching as a well-compensated career with many pathways, assuring that every child has qualified and effective teachers and that teaching expertise is constantly spread, in and out cyberspace;
  • Establishing a new leadership force of 600,000 “teacherpreneurs”—classroom experts who continue to teach students regularly while also serving as teacher educators, policy researchers, community organizers, and trustees of their profession.

Teaching 2030 provides a refreshing, grounded, and lively examination of what we need to know and do in order to ensure that every public school student in America has access to qualified, caring, and effective teachers.

Barnett Berry is founder and president of the Center for Teaching Quality, based in North Carolina—a nonprofit that seeks to dramatically improve student achievement nationwide by conducting timely research, crafting smart policy, and cultivating teacher leadership. The TeacherSolutions 2030 Team includes Jennifer Barnett (Alabama) • Kilian Betlach (California) • Shannon C’de Baca (Iowa) • Susie Highley (Indiana) • John M. Holland (Virginia) • Carrie J. Kamm (Illinois) • Renee Moore (Mississippi) • Cindi Rigsbee (North Carolina) • Ariel Sacks (New York) • Emily Vickery (Florida)• Jose Vilson (New York) • Laurie Wasserman (Massachusetts).

The book project was supported by MetLife Foundation.

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