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The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership


Laurie Barron, EdD, Principal, Smokey Road Middle School (GA);
2013 MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals’ National Middle Level Principal of the Year
Adam Gray, Mathematics Teacher, Boston Public Schools (MA);
2012 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year (for his work at Monument High School)
John Jenkins, EdD, Regional Director of New York, School Leaders Network
Dana Markow, PhD, Vice President, Youth and Education Research, Harris Interactive
Dennis White, Chief Executive Officer and President, MetLife Foundation
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar on The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership (2012) that captures the viewpoints and experiences of teachers and principals 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.

According to the survey, principal and teacher job satisfaction is declining. The responsibilities school leaders face have become increasing complex, and the biggest challenges leaders face are beyond the capacity of schools alone to address. The panelists will discuss the findings for policymakers and education leaders to note as they work to enable school leaders to meet increased expectations for educational outcomes. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, moderated the discussion.

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at approximately one or two business days after the event airs.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

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