The teaching profession has changed dramatically over the past 40 years. The majority of the nation’s 3 million teachers have at least a master’s degree and an average of 15 years of experience. (1) In addition, more than 75 percent of all teachers participate in professional development related to their grade or subject area. (1) As part of its annual National Teacher Day celebration, taking place this year on Tuesday, May 9, the National Education Association is releasing a list of the top five trends in the teaching profession and outlining the main characteristics of a 21st century schoolteacher.
“Today, teachers are more educated and experienced than ever before,” said NEA President Reg Weaver. “It’s extremely reassuring to know that public school students are being taught by the best and brightest educators this nation has seen in more than 40 years. On National Teacher Day, NEA and its 2.8 million members are saluting teachers, America’s heroes, for making public schools great for every child.”