Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. Every teacher's professional development must keep up

Like so many of us, I have been grateful throughout my life for the professionals I’ve needed to call upon for vital services and expert guidance. The surgeon who had years of residency and practice before treating me on her own. Or the lawyer, who was constantly staying abreast of federal and state regulations in order to offer me sound advice.

Similarly, students and parents rely on me every day. As teachers, we are entrusted with our nation’s children, and their futures,...

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About the Author:

Sarah Brown Wessling is a 17-year veteran of the high school English classroom, a National Board Certified Teacher, and the 2010 National Teacher of the Year. While a member of the faculty at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa she has taught courses ranging from at-risk to Advanced Placement and has served the department and district in a variety of leadership roles. Sarah is Laureate Emeritus for the non-profit Teaching Channel and an author of “Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards.”