Linda Shaw from the Seattle Times wrote that, "Nearly the entire faculty and staff at Garfield have signed a letter listing those concerns and others. Even teachers who don't give the exam, because they don't teach the tested subjects, signed the letter."
In Teacher Cabinets: Bringing Teacher Voice to the Education Reform Conversation
which appeared on the Official Blog of the United States Education Department, classroom ambassador Mike Humphreys wrote about a recent initiative coming out of the USDOE called the RESPECT Project. The RESPECT project "aims to transform the teaching profession so that teachers are as well prepared, developed, compensated and respected as other professionals." I think it is fair to say that most teachers want to be well-prepared, developed, compensated and respected as they enter the classroom and they felt that way before NCLB and Race to the Top, both of which were USDOE initiatives.
Listening means many things to many people. As a school principal, if I listen to a teacher's concerns it means that we try to meet in the middle to work it all out. Both of us may not get what we want but we should always go for a win-win. We call it collaboration.