Collective Practice, Quality Teaching: Voices in Urban Education 27
The quality of teachers and instruction has been the subject of an increasing volume of new studies, policy reports, government programs, and philanthropic initiatives in recent years. This attention to the heart of our public system education system is welcome. But most of the focus has been on the individual teacher. The authors of the latest issue of Voices in Urban Education, “Collective Practice, Quality Teaching,” argue that prevailing quality measures are too narrow; we must look beyond teaching as an individual act and also examine the collective aspects of teaching quality that require organizational support from schools and districts.