View from D.C.
A View from Washington, D.C.
The influence that educators can have on federal policy was a theme threaded throughout the conference.
During the opening luncheon, the new U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr., via video, praised the work of the educators in the audience:
"The TAP community has played a special role. You are shining a light on what's possible for students when we invest in quality instruction and support the development of teachers and leaders. Lifting up the teaching profession is about honoring your work." Watch Secretary King's full remarks here
Roberto Rodriguez, who serves in the White House Domestic Policy Council as deputy assistant to the president for education, was the featured luncheon speaker. He highlighted the ways that the Obama administration has prioritized teacher and school leader effectiveness, including the kinds of reforms that have proved so effective in TAP schools and districts. Rodriguez described the president's commitment to professionalizing teaching through initiatives to support improvements in preparation, training, and support, particularly for teachers in high-need schools. Both the Teacher Incentive Fund and the Supporting Effective Educator Development grants advance this goal.