Title of Work
In an era of increased accountability, it is important to understand how exemplary teachers navigate the demands placed on them by their schools, districts, and states in order to support student learning aligned with their beliefs of effective instruction. To understand these negotiations, the authors examined tensions facing exemplary literacy teachers through a qualitative interview study. Participants were 19 experienced Pre-K through sixth-grade teachers from across the United States. Results of the study indicate that teachers experience discrepancies between their beliefs and state and local mandates, and they discuss a variety of strategies for negotiating these discrepancies. Findings suggest that schools can support effective literacy instruction by cultivating cultures of autonomy for teachers and strengthening teachers’ sense of agency.
Kelly, Catherine; Miller, Sara; Kleppe Graham, Karen; Bahlmann Bollinger, Chelsea; Sanden, Sherry; and McManus, Michael, "Breaking Through the Noise: Literacy Teachers in the Face of Accountability, Evaluation, and Reform" (2019). Education Faculty Scholarship. 40.