September 9, 2013

Educators 4 Excellence-New York welcomes students and teachers back to school

Nearly 8,000 New York Members Elevating Voices of Classroom Educators

New York City (September 9, 2013) – Educators 4 Excellence-New York (E4E), the organization led by and for teachers, today welcomed students and teachers to the 2013-2014 school year. With the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system, continued application of Common Core standards, and the election of a new mayor, E4E-NY plans to play a significant role in the critical issues facing students, educators, parents and policymakers.

“There are a lot of exciting developments unfolding in classrooms across our city this year, and our teachers are eager to continue to build on the progress we have made in shaping policies that help students succeed,” said Jonathan Schleifer, Executive Director of E4E-NY and former New York City public school teacher. “Our nearly 8,000 members made their voices heard in the process to finalize the City’s teacher evaluation system, and in the conversation around the Common Core-aligned exams. We are looking forward to continuing that work this new school year.”

E4E-NY was instrumental in bringing teachers’ perspectives to the debate around evaluation for New York City schools and celebrated the resulting system as one that will help improve the profession and provide teachers with a real voice in their own evaluations.

In June, E4E-NY released two comprehensive reports to support the preparation and implementation of the new teacher evaluation system. The first, “Preparing for the Classroom: A Vision for Teacher Training in the 21st Century,” focuses on improving teacher preparation. The recommendations include more rigorous entrance and exit standards for teaching schools and should require a full clinical year of student teaching under the tutelage of effective educators. The second report, “Getting It Right: A Blueprint for Effective Implementation of the NYC Teacher Evaluation System,” advises that both evaluators and teachers undergo intensive training on the new system, and incorporate peer observation and study groups to give teachers opportunities to improve their practice.

Launched in 2010, E4E-NY now has nearly 8,000 members teaching in schools throughout the five boroughs. E4E has more than 12,000 members nationwide and additional chapters in Los Angeles and Minnesota.