Everyone at the Table Shares Field-Tested Strategies for Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform


New York City –In the face of increasing frustration on the part of teachers and education leaders alike, a new book from Public Agenda and the American Institutes for Research provides a means for overcoming gridlock and making real progress on evaluation reform.

Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluation Reform provides a research-based methodology, clear strategies and practical materials for engaging teachers in productive, solutions-oriented dialogue about teacher evaluation. The book presents a path forward that will help reinvigorate the teaching profession by starting with teachers.

"Too often teachers' voices are left out when new teacher evaluation systems are designed and put into play. This is why many education reforms sputter or run into needless controversy," said Will Friedman, president of Public Agenda and coauthor of the book. "If states and districts want effective and sustainable teacher evaluation that improves teaching and learning, teachers should be integral to the conversation."

Everyone at the Table includes information on how to:

  • Cultivate teacher leadership
  • Measure teacher effectiveness
  • Develop strategies for authentic engagement in evaluation reform
  • Engage teachers in other critical education policy solutions
A companion web-based resource, with video resources for teachers and school and district leaders, enhances the collaborative approach outlined in the book and is available at

Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education, Stanford University, said "In all of the current cacophony about teacher evaluation reform, the most important voices have often been lost. Accomplished teachers who know teaching and are committed to developing a strong profession know what is needed to improve practice. This book describes how to ensure these voices are at the table in a meaningful way."

Everyone at the Table is the must-have first step in having teacher’s voices heard in the ongoing conversation on education reform.


About The Authors

Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt is a senior policy analyst on educator quality at the American Institutes for Research. Allison Rizzolo is the director of communications at Public Agenda. Sabrina Laine is vice president of the Education division and leads the educator quality work at the American Institutes for Research. Will Friedman is the president of Public Agenda.

About Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a nonprofit organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate complex, divisive issues. Through nonpartisan research and engagement, it provides people with the insights and support they need to arrive at workable solutions on critical issues, regardless of their differences. Since 1975, Public Agenda has helped foster progress on K-12 and higher education reform, health care, federal and local budgets, energy and immigration. Find Public Agenda online at, on Twitter at and on Facebook at

About AIR

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit

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