Mission and Principles
Building the capacity of education professionals to provide children served by ESEA programs with a high quality education.
Guiding Principles - Belief Statement
1. At all levels — local, state, and federal — students must be at the center of decision-making processes.
2. Appropriations for the federal education programs contained in the ESEA must be increased to the maximum levels authorized in statute and should continue to be funded based primarily on the number of children living in poverty.
3. States and districts must have flexibility when implementing initiatives and accountability for achieving improved outcomes for all student, including closing persistent achievement gaps among subgroups.
4. There must be increased coordination among federal education programs to effectively meet the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable students and maximize the impact of federal, state, and local resources.
5. Instructional and support programs based on proven principles and reflective of the varying conditions in which each school functions and children learn should be developed, implemented, evaluated, and broadly disseminated.
6. Federal education programs for schools and districts supporting the most vulnerable students must include funding and flexibility to support professional development programs for teachers, administrators, and other school leaders.