The problem is not that our teachers are resistant to adopting new standards, or to advancing their own knowledge and skill sets for that matter. On the contrary, recent data shows that educators are all too eager to work together to look critically at literacy teaching and learning practices and pilot approaches that enrich student learning. The core issue, it turns out, is quality time.
Shockingly few teachers are actually given the time or support required to execute against a vision of reform. Moreover, too few schools provide the opportunities for collaboration that are essential ingredients for advancing education outcomes. A recent survey by The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) shows just how big a problem this is.
Teachers need time to collaborate, but first they need to share a common language on teaching and learning!