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The T+ Network is a rapidly growing national movement of teachers who believe a critical voice has been missing from education policy decision-making: the voice of teachers for kids. With an expanding series of interactive in-person and virtual forums, we provide opportunities for teachers to:
Connect with highly motivated peers and national and local policy leaders;
Learn about innovative policies to empower and retain effective teachers;
Be a voice for change within the teaching profession.
The T+ Network enables a community of solutions-oriented teachers to generate and exchange ideas for improving the teaching profession with education policy leaders and one another in person and online. In the T+ Network Forum, teachers can provide feedback on questions posed by policymakers who are grappling with important and timely questions.
The T+ Network events offer an interactive discussion series featuring expert speakers, teacher-driven discussion with policymakers, live polling, and a professional networking reception. For example, urban teachers from Greater Boston heard from and gave input to state level policy leaders as they worked to finalize Massachusetts’ Race to the Top proposal. In Memphis, teachers provided feedback to Tennessee state leaders and Memphis City Schools officials as they deliberated the specifics of a new teacher evaluation system. Past network guest speakers have included nationally recognized policy leaders and experts such as: USED Teacher Quality Advisor Brad Jupp; former Chancellor of DC Public Schools Michelle Rhee; President of The New Teacher Project Tim Daly; and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. T+ Network events have also featured local superintendents, state policy leaders, and local and state union leaders.
“In my second year [of teaching], I already feel like what I have to say doesn’t matter. I like going to Network events to feel like I’m having a voice in something that matters to me.”
“What I love about the Network events is the ability to hear teachers give their opinions and know that people of influence are listening.”