In a recent "manifesto," Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee, Ron Huberman, and other city superintendents said that the way to get the best teachers is twofold: Good teaching is not linked to experience, any novice can be a good teacher. And, that the road to better teaching is by using technology better in the classroom. James Comer's idea, which is well-researched and implemented in districts across the county, is to train teachers to address the social-emotional-cognitive skills of their students. This approach not only meets the needs of students, but also has been shown to raise test scores.
Comer's plan is a strategy to train teachers in a set of skills that go beyond using technology in the classroom. We believe that his approach is easily adopted since it already exists in many school districts, and would go along way to improving academic achievement in all urban schools.