Educators should have the permission, support, and resources they need to design positive learning experiences for students. Policies designed to support educators are just as critical to student success as ones that prioritize relationships, sharing power, and academic excellence. When educators stepped up in unprecedented ways during the COVID-19 pandemic, they made it clear why we need to invest in them more than ever.
It is critical for educators to feel supported by their institutions and prepared as they engage in this work, so their perspectives and insights must be taken into account when schools and districts make decisions that affect them and their students. Time and resources should be allocated for professional development and learning to ensure that educators are prepared to create student-centered learning experiences. Taken together, these pieces can help schools invest in educators who are prepared to help students achieve academic excellence through positive experiences in the classroom.