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Utah Educator Speaks at Senate Panel on Teacher Effectiveness

by Brian Washington

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh—a former second grade school teacher in Utah who is known to her students as “Mrs. G”—is sharing with lawmakers on Capitol Hill NEA’s vision for the teaching profession.

She participated yesterday in a panel discussion entitled “Student Access to Prepared & Effective Teachers:  Understanding the Impact of Federal Policy.” It was hosted by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Gallagher-Fishbaugh told the panel that the NEA believes the following:

  • That student learning is at the center of everything a teacher does;
  • That teachers should take primary responsibility for student learning; and
  • Teachers should be properly prepared in the knowledge and skills needed to support all students in their learning.

Gallagher-Fishbaugh also serves as the President of the Utah Education Association. Her appearance yesterday coincided with the announcement of NEA’s new action agenda that will help advance the Association’s goals of transforming the teaching profession and accelerating student learning.

Click here to learn more about the panel and watch Gallagher-Fishbaugh’s opening statement.

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