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The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: College and Career Readiness and the Implications for Teaching


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William R. Hite, Jr., EdD, Superintendent, Prince George’s County Public Schools (Maryland)
Kelly Kovacic, California’s 2010 Teacher of the Year, The Preuss School
University of California–San Diego

Dana Markow, PhD, Vice President, Youth and Education Research, Harris Interactive
Susan Traiman, Director of Public Policy, Business Roundtable
Dennis White, CEO and President, MetLife Foundation
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

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According to the new MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Preparing Students for College and Careers, a substantial majority of teachers, parents and Fortune 1000 executives believe readying all students for college and careers should be one of the nation’s highest priorities in education. Today’s teachers believe preparing students for college and careers is a top priority but obstacles remain to postsecondary access and success. The survey—the 27th in an annual series commissioned by MetLife and conducted by Harris Interactive—examines the views of middle and high school teachers, students and parents, and Fortune 1000 executives on the priority for all students to graduate from high school prepared for college and careers, what being “college and career ready” entails, and the implications of this goal for teaching.

On March 25, the Alliance held a webinar on the findings of the 2010 MetLife Survey of the American Teacherreleased this month in two parts. Part 1: Clearing the Path examines the importance of being college and career ready, what this level of preparation includes, and what it may take to get there. Part 2: Teaching Diverse Learnerslooks at differences in student needs, how teachers address them, and how well students feel their needs are being met. Participants discussed the survey findings and their implications for shaping educational policies, including key elements in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the nation’s primary federal law governing K–12 education. The webinar also included a question and answer period to address questions submitted by viewers across the nation.

Time, ET Item
2:00 pm Welcome and Introductions
Gov. Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Mr. Dennis White, CEO and President, MetLife Foundation
2:10 pm Overview of MetLife Survey of the American Teacher
Dr. Dana Markow, Vice President, Youth and Education Research, Harris Interactive
2:25 pm Respondent Panel: College and Career Readiness and the Implications for Teaching
Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent, Prince George’s County Public Schools (Maryland)
Ms. Kelly Kovacic, California’s 2010 Teacher of the Year, The Preuss School University of California–San Diego
Ms. Susan Traiman, Director of Public Policy, Business Roundtable
2:50 pm Question and Answer Period
3:30 pm Adjourn

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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