TNTP’s resources help policymakers and educators reverse the Widget Effect in their districts and states. The tools offer detailed issue analysis, best practices and pragmatic recommendations for reform.

How Bold is "Bold"? Responding to Race to the Top with a Bold Plan on Teacher Effectiveness

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called the Race to the Top education’s “moon shot.” For states, it represents an historic opportunity to escape the gravitational pull of outworn policies and the failures of the past.

The challenge is meeting this opportunity with a reform plan that matches its vision and ambition. Now, as the Department of Education issues final guidance on Race to the Top and states begin to put together their Phase 1 applications, TNTP offers state applicants a blueprint for what we believe will be foundational to any winning Race to the Top proposal: a bold, coherent agenda for building a highly effective teacher workforce.

States that propose a series of disjointed initiatives or meet only the minimum requirements of the competition will not be successful—not only in the application process itself, but in achieving meaningful reform. How Bold is “Bold” provides a unifying framework and practical strategies that will enable states to establish and achieve clear teacher effectiveness goals.