If you're frustrated with all the teacher bashing and standardized testing, here's an alternative idea: National Board Certification helps teachers deepen their professional practice.
A group of 20 teachers at a
low-income, urban elementary school, Mitchell School in Phoenix, Arizona, went through this
process together. You can get Mitchell 20, the movie made about their journey, for $5 this week. I've bought mine, but may not be able to watch it until the weekend.
I hear it's quite inspiring.