Civil Discourse Prompts
Are teachers recognized as professionals?
Would more recognition as professionals draw better teachers?
What will define a professional?
Dainel Weisberg CEO

Daniel Weisberg is the CEO of TNTP, a national nonprofit that helps school systems provide excellent teachers and effective teaching in every classroom.

Andreas Schleicher OECD
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills

Andreas Schleicher is director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, and special advisor on Education Policy to the secretary-general at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a key member of the OECD senior management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the secretary-general’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress.

We demand a lot from our teachers. We expect them to have a deep and broad understanding of what they teach and whom they teach because what teachers know and care about makes such a difference to student learning. Teachers also need to be experts at multitasking, and they do their job in a classroom dynamic that leaves no second to reflect. And whatever a teacher does, even with just a single student, will be witnessed by many and can frame the way in which both the student and the teacher are perceived in the school. Not least, most people remember those teachers who took a real interest in their life and aspirations, who helped them understand who they are, discover their passions, and taught them how to love learning.

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