May 8, 2012
In News BlogAnyone who is or has ever been a teacher knows that the work a teacher does is extraordinarily complex - physically and mentally demanding, inspiring and exciting, intense and virtually never-ending. It is both a highly rewarding and highly demanding profession.
The hard-working individuals who become teachers in our city are doing this work for our children despite the possibilities many have to work in higher-paying districts nearby. Oakland, with all of its fantastic diversity and beauty, faces many challenges. Our teachers are doing the hard work every day of teaching our youth to meet those challenges and continue to build the Oakland we all know we can be.
During this Teacher Appreciation Week, we salute our teachers for everything they do to teach, empower, and love our children. It is not enough to appreciate teachers, though - we are committed to playing our part to help create conditions for teachers to thrive and to amplify teacher voice in Oakland.
We at Great Oakland Public Schools hope to play a role in building an Oakland where teachers are at the very center of policy discussions about what it takes to have effective teaching happening in every child's classroom. That's why we've been building an Effective Teaching Campaign over the past year. We believe that the time to prioritize support for great teaching is now. Consider the following:
We imagine an Oakland where every teacher is supported to be outstanding at their profession and where every student gets to experience truly fantastic teaching every day. We hope you'll join us in making this happen - our teachers deserve for that vision to be realized, and so do our children.
How can you get involved?