“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." -Aristotle
In the simplest of terms, America’s schools of education are outdated and incapable of meeting the needs of the nation, at a time when our nation’s K-12 schools and learners need strong, effective teachers the most. Best in the World Teachers (BIW) is working to ensure that every student in America has a highly qualified, effective teacher. Our aspiration is to ensure that all teacher education programs are rooted in the highest-quality research, so that the next generations of teacher candidates possess the skills and knowledge to be “Best in the World” teachers.
Decades of research have shown that the single-most important factor in school success is an effective teacher, and yet despite this research, too many classrooms lack the teachers that students need and deserve. This has led to academic stagnation which threatens America’s long-term economic competitiveness and vitality which limits equality of opportunity. To ensure long-term growth and national security, students must acquire deep content knowledge, develop frameworks of understanding, and mobilize their competencies to solve complex, sophisticated, and challenging problems. We need teachers with the skills and abilities to equip them to successfully do that.
About Best in the World Teachers
Best in the World Teachers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to create a model to change the way teachers are prepared. The organization is the result of decades of research into the best practices for teacher education and training worldwide that shows that the single-most important factor in student success is effective classroom teachers. To address this, BIW is developing a teacher preparation model in collaboration with experts across the country and worldwide to better prepare America’s teachers. In the same period, though, multiple data sources – from state assessments to National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results – tell a disappointing story of academic achievement, particularly in the secondary grades. This, coupled with student performance growth in many other industrialized nations, threatens America’s long-term economic vitality and limits equality of opportunity. Since teacher quality is the most important school-level factor that affects student equity, growth, and achievement, it behooves us to address how teacher candidates are selected and are more fully prepared from day one.