Schools For Tomorrow Begins Today
September 13, 2012

Schools For Tomorrow Conference Tackles Teacher Quality

Derek Walter for - Your Universe Online

Teachers don't spend their time solely on instruction. Much of their day is also spent counseling students, managing behavior, and building up children's confidence.

Finding high quality teachers who have this multitude of skills is the theme of today´s Schools For Tomorrow Conference. The event will be available on a live stream through the event´s website. Followers can also connect on Twitter via @NYTedtech or #NYTedtech.

Those watching online or attending in-person will hear from New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks, former White House chief technology officer Aneesh Copra, Times assistant managing editor Richard L. Berke, and several other leading thinkers and education analysts.

“The Times believes that education is business critical and should be part of the economic agenda," according to Linda Zebeian, a corporate communications manager with The New York Times. "Today´s students hold the keys to the future of our economy.”

This year´s conference looks more closely at finding and keeping effective teachers. Teacher quality has long been a hot topic in education. Both President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have proposals to increase the perceived excellence and skill set of teachers.

The previous year´s conference looked at educational technology trends and resources.

“While last year´s Schools for Tomorrow conference focused on the power of technology in improving the learning experience, this year´s conference focuses on teachers: how to attract the best teachers, the support networks needed, as well as pay, unions, measurement and bonus structures. We will also be exploring and demonstrating which technologies are functioning as tools to help evaluate and enhance the skills of teachers,” Zebeian said.

The conference gets underway at 8 AM EDT with the opening discussion on how both presidential candidates are focusing on education issues. Other topic titles include, “How Do We Measure Teacher Performance?” and “What Could Education Look Like in Five Years?”

The event wraps up around 5 PM.