Teachers must be given appropriate resources to meet the challenge of accelerating student achievement. Resources include everything from pencils to books to laptops to Internet access to enough chairs in the classroom to seat all the students — as well as classrooms small enough that chairs aren’t an issue. Resources also include the human variety: teacher leaders and mentors, para-professionals, and other support staff. Finally, the resource of time is a highly valuable commodity — time to learn and time to plan for instruction, both individually and collaboratively.
None of these resources come cheaply, but they are critical for the job of teaching and learning.