History of the Teacher Advisory Council
The National Academies Teacher Advisory Council began in November 2002 when Dr. Bruce Alberts, then president of the National Academies, convened the first Teacher Advisory Council. This council was formed to enable classroom teachers to bring the wisdom of their practice into the Academies’ work in education. That opportunity brought outstanding teachers together, empowering them as a community to “make a difference.”
The members of the Teacher Advisory Council included teachers of science, mathematics, technology, reading, and English as a second language across the elementary, middle, and secondary grades. They taught in inner city, rural, and suburban schools. Many were recipients of the Presidential Award for Mathematics or Science Teaching.
The Council completed its work in 2017. The Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education is currently exploring ways to build off the success of the Teacher Advisory Countil to engage teachers in its work.