Increasing the Roles and Significance of Teachers in Policymaking for K-12 Engineering Education

  • AuthorTeacher Advisory Council
    Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
    National Academy of Engineering
    National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • TitleIncreasing the Roles and Significance of Teachers in Policymaking for K-12 Engineering Education:
  • PublisherNational Academies Press
  • Release DateMarch 30, 2017
  • Copyright2017
  • ISBN978-0-309-45618-0

Teachers are typically not seen as education policy makers, but they possess the knowledge and information that can contribute to the development of effective policies. To address the current lack of teacher leadership in engineering education policy making and how this problem might be mitigated as engineering education becomes more widespread in K-12 education, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Teacher Advisory Council (TAC), in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), held a convocation in Washington, DC, on September 30-October 1, 2016, entitled “Enhancing Teachers’ Voices in Policy Making for K-12 Engineering Education.” Funded by a grant from 100Kin10 and with additional support from the Samueli Foundation, the convocation brought together more than 100 experts and teacher leaders to explore how new avenues of teacher preparation and professional development, integrated curriculum development, and more comprehensive assessments could be shaped by policies informed by input from teachers.