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Gov. Bob Wise Comments on The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher

Press Release:

Gov. Bob Wise Comments on The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher

February 21, 2013
Media Contact
Jason Amos
Phone: 202-828-0828

WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, MetLife released The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:

“For most of the nation’s principals and teachers, the temperature gauge is in the red and bordering on burnout.

“According to The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, three-quarters of principals say the job has become too complex and nearly half report being under ‘great stress’ several days a week. Among teachers, job satisfaction is at a twenty-five-year low, with only 39 percent saying that they are ‘very satisfied’ with their jobs.

“Over the next twenty-four months, the demands on the nation’s educators will only increase as states and districts implement college- and career-ready standards for all students, deal with shrinking budgets, and contend with demands of states’ waivers from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

“Meeting these challenges and avoiding burnout means providing principals and teachers with the technological tools and professional learning opportunities to make their jobs easier. Step one in that process is developing a comprehensive plan that addresses a district’s specific challenges and learning goals for all students. That’s why the Alliance launched ‘Project 24,’ a ground-breaking new initiative to help school districts plan for and effectively use technology and digital learning to boost student outcomes.

“Technology can play a vital role in supporting teachers and helping public schools and districts meet these challenges, but technology by itself is not the answer; simply slapping a netbook on top of a textbook is not enough. But when districts develop a plan to pair technology with effective teaching and more efficient use of time, technology can accelerate the pace of improvement and boost student outcomes and educator morale.”

On March 4, Gov. Wise will join Dennis White, chief executive officer and president of MetLife Foundation, and Dana Markow, vice president of youth and education research at Harris Interactive for a webinar discussing the findings from the survey.

The webinar will also feature Laurie Barron, principal of Smokey Road Middle School (GA) and 2013 MetLife/NASSP National Middle Level Principal of the Year; Adam Gray, a mathematics teacher at Boston Latin School (MA) and 2012 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year; and John Jenkins, regional director of New York at School Leaders Network, all of whom will share their experiences working to implement the Common Core State Standards, transform curriculum and instructional practice, address the individual needs of diverse learners, and ensure all students are college and career ready in an environment of continued strained resources.

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