Dan Brown is currently serving as a teacher ambassador fellow. He is currently on leave from his teaching duties so that he can give a voice to educators in policies being drawn by the government. Dan Brown recently interviewed US secretary of education Arne Duncan on the topic, "Perceptions of Teachers":

Related to this, the US Department of Education has recently released a report called "Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching (RESPECT)":

The following is a brief description of RESPECT:
To support this vision, the U.S. Department of Education has begun working with educators—teachers, school and district leaders, teachers’ associations and unions, and state and national education organizations—to spark a national conversation about transforming education for the 21st century. We call it the RESPECT Project. RESPECT stands for Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching. Educational Success recognizes our commitment to improving student outcomes. Professional Excellence means that we will continuously sharpen our practice and that we will recognize, reward, and learn from great teachers and principals. Collaborative Teaching means that we will concentrate on shared responsibility and decision-making. Successful collaboration means creating schools where principals and teachers work and learn together in communities of practice, hold each other accountable, and lift each other to new levels of skill and competence. 
There is no one path to success. Different districts, schools, principals, and teachers will take different approaches to achieving the vision. Our goal is for a national conversation about the RESPECT Project to serve as a catalyst for remaking education on a grand scale. To do so, we must lift up the accomplished teachers in our classrooms and bring in a new generation of wellprepared, bright young men and women. Together these teachers will make education a valued and respected profession on par with medicine, law, and engineering. We must staff our schools with strong principals who nurture and develop great teaching. And we must take a wholesystem approach to support these teachers and principals in our schools. By transforming the teaching profession, this country’s most important work will become our most valued work.
RESPECT identifies the following seven critical components:
  1. A Culture of Shared Responsibility and Leadership
  2. Top Talent, Prepared for Success
  3. Continuous Growth and Professional Development
  4. Effective Teachers and Principals
  5. A Professional Career Continuum with Competitive Compensation
  6. Conditions for Successful Teaching and Learning
  7. Engaged Communities
The following is a video describing RESPECT from the voices of teachers: