Mar 28

Past Event

Excellence in the Classroom: Improving the Quality of Teaching in America's Schools

Event Materials


As Congress considers reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, policymakers, advocates, and parents are concerned about how to meet the requirement that states provide every student with high-quality teachers. To address these concerns, Brookings and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School released the latest volume of The Future of Children journal, "Excellence in the Classroom."

On March 28 a slate of panelists including members of Congress, journal contributors, and other researchers and administrators, discussed options for improving teacher quality including in-service training, mentoring, and the recruitment of new, high-quality teachers.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

  • Overview

    • Brian Jacob

      Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University; Visiting Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan

  • Panelists

    • Congressman Michael Castle


    • Congressman George Miller


    • Deborah Jewell-Sherman

      Superintendent of Schools, Richmond, VA Public Schools

    • Kate Walsh

      President, National Council on Teacher Quality

    • Randi Weingarten

      President, United Federation of Teachers

    • Thomas Kane

      Professor, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University


March 28, 2007

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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