Katherine Bassett, Executive Director and CEO of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year
Katherine Bassett is the Executive Director and CEO of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of teachers as leaders and to supporting teaching practice through three key focus areas: policy, practice, and advocacy. Prior to this position, Bassett served as Director of Policy and Partnerships for the Center for Educator Effectiveness at Pearson, working to support research into educator practice and self-efficacy, and to building partnerships with like-minded organizations to support education. Formerly at ETS, Bassett led the development of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certificates for Library Media and Literacy, co-developed the Take One! program booklet, led the development of performance based assessments across the continuum of professional educator practice in four states and worked with six states to develop a continuum of practice. In addition, she has facilitated the work of a consortium to develop model standards for teacher leadership and served on the committees that revised the InTASC standards and defined learning progressions for those standards. She co-facilitated the development of the Model Code of Educator Ethics and has led the development of the Teacher Leadership Initiative competencies and Capstone project for the NEA, NBPTS, and CTQ. Bassett spent 26 years in the classroom and served as New Jersey’s 2000 State Teacher of the Year.