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Foreword

As the Clinton Administration strives to promote education excellence and nationwide school reform, we have formed a partnership with teachers. If our mission to build a high- performance education system for the 21st century is to be successful, it is critical that we tap the knowledge, experience, and insight that teachers have gained as classroom practitioners.

With this goal in mind, the U.S. Department of Education invited a group of 119 exceptional public and private school teachers to Washington in November 1993 to hear their thoughts and to explore ways in which the federal government can work with educators to achieve the National Education Goals. Each 1993 State Teacher of the Year was invited to attend and to bring a partner based on guidelines developed to ensure diverse representation. Private school organizations also nominated teachers to attend the gathering. This historic event--the Goals 2000 Teacher Forum--was a great success. It provided an informative and candid exchange, concrete recommendations, and some innovative ideas and solutions based on the participants' vast experience. This report shares some of the many voices from the Forum.

But the 1993 Goals 2000 Teacher Forum is just the beginning. The dialogue between teachers and the Department must be an ongoing one, so that there is a continuous exchange of information as the Administration develops and implements policy proposals. By laying a foundation for teachers to become partners in developing state and local reform plans, we are helping to enable them to lead changes in their schools and communities. We hope through this initiative to shift the focus from teachers as OBJECTS of reform to teachers as PARTNERS in reform.

I hope that you enjoy reading about this exciting venture.

Richard W. Riley

***last updated 5/18/94 (pkickbush)***
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