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1st grade teacher Rachelle Moore: All students need equal educational opportunities

Congressional hearing by education committee explored ways to support teachers and school leaders

WASHINGTON - January 27, 2015 -

Rachelle Moore, a 1st grade teacher from Madrona K-8 school in Seattle, Washington today testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. She urged the committee, which is currently looking at ways to revamp the 13-year-old federal law known as No Child Left Behind, to work together to ensure all students have equal educational opportunities.

Below is an excerpt from her prepared testimony. The full testimony is located here ( MS-WORD, 25.1 KB, 3 pg.).

“I am hopeful that all parties will work together on ESEA reauthorization to ensure all students have equal educational opportunities. I am also hopeful that reauthorization will provide the resources necessary to support and retain teachers, such as investing in residency models and mentoring programs.

“Ultimately ESEA should invest in the continuum of the education profession that includes teacher induction, professional growth, and teacher leadership.

“Professional learning opportunities are essential to keeping great teachers in the classroom and helping them use data effectively: to identify what their students have mastered, where they need help, and what kinds of help they need. That means providing resources and support for the whole child—like good nutrition and health care—not just investing in high-quality teaching.”

Rachelle Moore is a National Board Certified teacher and a member of the National Education Association, Seattle Education Association, and Washington Education Association. For the past two years, Rachelle has been a mentor in the Seattle Teacher Residency program, which is unique in that it is driven by teacher voices. The residency program was created by the Seattle Education Association, the University of Washington, the Alliance for Education, and the Seattle Public Schools. A chief objective of the teacher residency program is to keep participating residents and mentors in the school district for at least 5 years, thus providing continuity for students and schools, especially high-needs schools like the one in which Rachelle teaches.

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