. . . ."Effective teachers are the single greatest school-based factor in raising student achievement," said Vicki L. Phillips, Director of Education, College-Ready at the Gates Foundation Gates Foundation. [What Ms. Phillips fails to acknowledge is that 80-90 percent of student achievement is determined by other factors.] "Through the AFT Innovation Fund, we hope to draw on the expertise and creativity of master teachers nationwide to develop new teacher and student supports, and improve teaching and learning in every classroom."
AFT Innovation Fund advisory board chair Barbara Byrd-Bennett [now CEO of Chicago Public Schools], who serves as the chief academic and accountability auditor for the Detroit Public Schools, said: "The work being done by the frontline educators who received the first set of Innovation Fund grants and their partners is nothing short of phenomenal. They have blazed a trail for educators across the country, showing that with creative thinking—and especially with collaboration—great things are possible." . . .