Improving Teacher Effectiveness in a Faltering America

Robert Michael White, ChiChe Tai, Karin Keith, Renee Rice-Moran

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOral Presentation/ Invited Talk


American students continue to lag behind international peers in math, reading and science and an era of stagnation continues within US schools (Gordon, 2013). Currently, the United States ranks 36th in the PISA (2012) math scores, 24th in reading and 28th in sciences among 65 participating countries and economies. These results lead to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (2013) declaring that the United States is in "a real state of crisis."
However, we cannot improve our schools unless we can first identify our strengths and weaknesses followed up by developing research informed effective teacher lead interventions. Therefore, this symposia will discuss current research related to teacher preparedness to meet the challenges of a competitive and globalizing world and strategies to enhance effectiveness in math, reading and science education. Particularly, the colloquium will present experiences learned from several teacher professional developments in New York and Tennessee, which intended to enable elementary teachers to reach for excellence in elementary school math and science through Hands-on, Inquiry-based, Standards-based and Problem-based learning environments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event38th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association - Sarasota , United States
Duration: 25 Feb 201528 Feb 2015


Conference38th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association
Abbreviated titleEERA Annual Conference 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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