State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession

Most states have been struggling to address teacher shortages for several years now, often filling the vacuum with underprepared teachers who aren’t able to give children the high-quality learning they need and who leave at two to three times the rate of well-prepared teachers. Most often, these teachers are hired in schools serving students of Read more about State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession[…]

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Teachers in the US Are Even More Segregated than Students

Michael Hansen and Diana Quintero, writing in a Teacher Diversity in America series for the Brown Center on Education Policy, recently explored the distribution of teachers of color and find that teachers in the US are even more segregated than students. As we know, an increasing amount of evidence shows that alignment in the racial Read more about Teachers in the US Are Even More Segregated than Students[…]

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Denver’s New Experiment with the First Year of Teaching

Melanie Asmar, writing for Chalkbeat, recently explored Denver’s new experiment to make the first year of teaching more bearable. Excerpts from the piece appear below:   Next year, Denver is piloting the role of “associate teachers” in Denver Public Schools. These teachers will teach part-time in a high-poverty school and spend the rest of their Read more about Denver’s New Experiment with the First Year of Teaching[…]

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A Policymaker’s Playbook for Transforming Teaching

District of Columbia Public Schools has been a source of some sensational headlines over the past decade, from an on-camera firing of a school principal to recent revelations of watered-down diplomas. But the school district arguably has done more to modernize public school teaching than any other in the nation. It is powerful work, yielding Read more about A Policymaker’s Playbook for Transforming Teaching[…]

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Core Education Issue Brief: Teacher Retention

A highly effective teacher can inspire incredible growth in students, but too often, our most talented teachers leave the classroom. How to retain teachers has emerged as a key area of interest for district leaders and policymakers. In Core Education’s June issue brief, we explore a variety of incentives, strategies, and school cultures to determine Read more about Core Education Issue Brief: Teacher Retention[…]

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Supporting our Teachers of Color

Recently in the Hechinger Report, former Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. and Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the Learning Policy Institute wrote an op-ed recommending several actions that can be taken at the school, district, state and college levels to better support teachers of color. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Qualitative research from The Read more about Supporting our Teachers of Color[…]

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Retaining High Performers: Insights from Teacher Exit Surveys

A new Bellwether report by Kaitlin Pennington and Alexander Brand analyzes District of Columbia Public Schools’ teacher exit survey data to better understand why high-performing teachers left, where they went, and what they say would have retained them. As school districts across the country report various kinds of teacher shortages, how to retain teachers has Read more about Retaining High Performers: Insights from Teacher Exit Surveys[…]

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What does pre-service teacher quality tell us about entry and retention in the profession?

It is often difficult for school and district leadership to identify high-quality teachers who will remain in the classroom, especially among those who are just entering the profession and in the first years of employment. However, a recent study by Robert Vagi, Margarita Pivovarova and Wendy Miedel Barnard suggests that examining a prospective teacher’s instructional Read more about What does pre-service teacher quality tell us about entry and retention in the profession?[…]

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States’ Sense of Urgency to Improve Teacher Policies Grinds to a Halt

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has released its biannual 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Yearbook), which finds that the rapid progress made by states over the last decade to modernize their teacher policies has largely slowed. Since the last edition of the Yearbook in 2015, few states have initiated any new actions to Read more about States’ Sense of Urgency to Improve Teacher Policies Grinds to a Halt[…]

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Help for Drowning Teachers

This past fall, Roxanna Elden, author of the book See Me After Class, began offering teachers a lifeline. Aware that many teachers leave their jobs mid-year, she began offering what she called a Disillusionment Power Pack: an email subscription service that would send teachers constant notes of encouragement and reflection for one month. As an Read more about Help for Drowning Teachers[…]

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Best and Worst States for Teachers for 2015

A recent comparison of data about states, conducted by Wallet Hub, ranked states based on a number of factors. The factors compare data on two category subsets that include: Job Opportunities and Competition and Academic and Work Environment. This study looks at subset factors that examine: Average Starting Salary for Teachers (adjusted for cost of Read more about Best and Worst States for Teachers for 2015[…]

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School Characteristics that Keep Teachers in the Field

    A study conducted by the National Center on Education Statistics finds that new teachers who have mentor support, participate in an induction program, and have a higher starting base pay are more likely to remain in the field. NCES undertook the Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study (BTLS), which is a nationally representative longitudinal study Read more about School Characteristics that Keep Teachers in the Field[…]

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Developing Workplaces Where Teachers Stay, Improve and Succeed

Professors Matthew Kraft and John Papay discuss research showing that the school contexts in which teachers work have a profound influence on their effectiveness. Below are excerpts from their article: An emerging body of research now shows that the contexts in which teachers work profoundly shape teachers’ job decisions and their effectiveness. Put simply, teachers Read more about Developing Workplaces Where Teachers Stay, Improve and Succeed[…]

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Learning Matters Launches “Why I Teach”

Learning Matters, a non-profit production company focused on education reporting, has launched a new blog by and for teachers called Why I Teach.  Learning Matters “invites classroom teachers to share what brought them to the teaching profession—and what keeps them there.”  The first blog entry was an essay written by Esther Wojcicki, Learning Matters’ Board Read more about Learning Matters Launches “Why I Teach”[…]

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“Greenhouse” Schools

Late last month, TNTP released a new report called Greenhouse Schools.  The report seeks to identify “greenhouse schools,” or schools that “are better than others at accelerating student learning by developing and keeping great teachers.”  TNTP wants to know what these schools are doing to establish such cultures. After surveying more than 4,800 teachers in Read more about “Greenhouse” Schools[…]

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