Curriculum & Resources: The Teacher Salary Project
Through an interactive and evolving website and the feature-length documentary American Teacher, The Teacher Salary Project brings awareness to the real and imminent crisis in our educational system—how little we value our strongest, most committed, and most effective teachers, and the ripple effect this has on how our children learn and their potential for future success.
American Teacher brings together educational experts, student interviews, and the day-to-day lives and sacrifices of public school teachers. Follow the personal stories of four selected educators at different stages of their careers, and understand why the lack of teacher respect is a national issue that jeopardizes teachers and students alike. Plus, you'll find yourself nodding your head at the infographics that reveal the truth about the hours per day teachers work, and the percentage of teachers who hold second jobs.
Read fascinating facts and observations about teachers in American society—the roles they play and the issues they face. Learn more about cities and school districts that have adopted changes in salary reform—and seen boosts in student achievement.
Share your story with your community on what it's like to be a teacher. Find a screening near you, or, plan your own. Click on "Plan a Screening" to access comprehensive instructions and forms. NOTE: If you don't have access to a local screening, American Teacher is available for viewing through other options, including streaming on Netflix.
The Teacher Salary Project is is based on The New York Times bestselling book Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers by journalist and teacher Daniel Moulthrop, co-founder of 826 National and former classroom teacher Nínive Calegari, and writer Dave Eggers. Its documentary American Teacher is narrated by Matt Damon.
VISIT The Teacher Salary Project
- Weathering Walker's Storm: Staying Positive in Wisconsin
Jean Abreu talks candidly about Wisconsin Governor Walker's legislation, and how her school community in Wisconsin pulled together to protect what they worked so hard to create.
- Happy Teachers
We asked teachers about how they find happiness in the classroom and beyond. Here is what your colleagues say.
- The Tragic Gap: Between Idealism and Cynicism
Beloved educator Parker Palmer on how to move from what is to what we know to be possible.
The above resources accompany the May 2012 YES! Education Connection Newsletter
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