Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools—Now and in the Future (Teachers College Press, 2011).

Welcome to Teaching 2030

We Can Create the Profession Our Teachers Need

from Education Week

Welcome Estonian Educators to the Virtual Book Club Discussions!

About 2030

There’s a lot of talk today about making our schools better and our teachers more effective.

Researchers tell us that, under the right conditions, teachers can make a big difference in how much students learn – even in the most challenging schools.

That’s important to know. It doesn’t mean we ignore the issues of poverty, or parenting, or the many children who come to school without much English. But knowing that better teaching helps all students achieve more gives us a foundation we can use to build a great school system for America. But most reformers ignore how challenging teaching in the 21st century has become. And we need millions of well-prepared, highly savvy teachers, who teach for a career and share their expertise with colleagues, to get the job done.

We have to pay attention to the conditions that allow teachers to teach effectively. In the classrooms of today and tomorrow, well-supported teachers must know how to:

· teach the googled learner, who can find out everything about anything with a few taps of the finger;

· work with a student body that’s increasingly diverse – by 2030, 40% or more will be 2nd language learners;

· prepare kids to compete for jobs in a global marketplace where communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative problem solving are the “new basics”;

· help students monitor their own learning — use sophisticated tools to assess whether they meet high academic standards — and fine-tune instruction when they don’t;

· connect teaching to the needs of communities as increasing economic churn createsfamily and societal instability, pushing schools to integrate health and social services with academic learning.

Our book, Teaching 2030, proposes several big ideas that make it possible for teachers to meet 21st century demands:

1. Digital tools will allow students to learn 24/7 and authentically demonstrate what they know, while teachers will serve as brokers of learning and experts in defining and measuring student and school success for the public.
2. A 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 — will blur the lines of distinction between those who teach in schools and those who lead them.
3. Teaching will be a well-compensated professional career with differentiated pathways into the classroom, but with guarantees that every child has a well-prepared team of educators, led by the most expert teachers whose expertise is spread in and out of cyberspace.

Now is the time for:

· Policymakers to learn more about the complexities of teaching and invest in teachers in powerful new ways;

· Teacher unions to morph into professional guilds where members meet high performancestandards, and the skills of teacherpreneurs are proffered locally and globally; and

· You to join us at, share your ideas, and help advance the 21st century profession that students deserve.