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ENDORSING
PROFESSIONAL PATHWAYS FOR ALABAMA TEACHERS
RECOMMENDED BY THE
GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION ON QUALITY TEACHING
WHEREAS, on January 17, 2006, the Governor’s Commission on Quality Teaching was convened in Montgomery, Alabama; and

WHEREAS, over 90 delegates from education and business were in attendance, over 85 percent of whom were current or former classroom teachers; and

WHEREAS, the Commission was challenged to examine, recommend, and work to implement laws, policies, and practices affecting teachers and to promote aggressive recruitment, preparation, support, retention, and growth of quality teachers in order to raise student achievement in Alabama; and

WHEREAS, on January 22, 2009, the Commission formally presented its recommendations to the Alabama State Board of Education; and

WHEREAS, the core focus of the report was Professional Pathways for Alabama Teachers; and

WHEREAS, the overriding purposes of Professional Pathways for Alabama Teachers and the supporting recommendations are high-quality teaching for all students, school cultures that support adult learning, recruitment and retention of talented individuals, and greater teacher ownership and responsibility for their profession:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby endorse the Professional Pathways for Alabama Teachers and supporting recommendations found in Innovations in Teaching, Creating Professional Pathways for Alabama Teachers: A Report to Governor Bob Riley and the Alabama State Board of Education, as disseminated by the Governor’s Commission on Quality Teaching on December 2, 2008.

Done this 12th day of February 2009