Great Educators for the Students Who Need Them Most

Great Educators for the Students Who Need Them Most

Evidence-Based Strategies for
Underserved Schools

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At the heart of every great school system is a diverse, talented team of educators. We use evidenced-based strategies to help you build your dream team.

The New GTL Center

From 2012-2019, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) was a national content center under the federally funded Comprehensive Center Network, providing support to state education agencies and districts in all 50 states. Today, AIR continues to operate the GTL Center and offer services across a range of core evidence-based talent management strategies. Discover what the new GTL Center has to offer.


What We Do

We offer three tiers of services—from expert consultation to full-service supports—that we tailor to help states and their districts select and implement evidence-based, talent management strategies.

Guiding Principles

Why We Do It

Transformation requires an intentional effort to target and prioritize evidence-based strategies for educators who support students in underserved schools. We keep six guiding principles at the heart of every project. The principles ensure we maximize impact, regardless of context.

Recent Projects

Where We Work

We've supported all 50 states and worked with multiple districts, often through cross-state and district collaborations. We are experts at bringing together state education agencies, regional partners, and districts to achieve results.

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Featured Resource

Flipping the Readiness Paradigm

Flipping the Readiness Paradigm
Tailoring Programs to Address the Achievement Gap and Teacher Shortages in High-Need Schools (Special Issues Brief, 2019)

Too often, talent management strategies are not designed to be successful in the highest need schools and districts. In schools that have fewer resources to tackle greater challenges, typical “best practice” strategies may fail if we ignore how a high-needs context shapes school readiness in program design and implementation. This Special Issues Brief makes the case that strategies need to be context-specific -- selected and customized to meet a school where it is, not the other way around.

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Featured Projects

We work directly with state education agencies on a range of educator talent management strategies. Explore our most recent work on mentoring, induction and transforming teacher retention.


Indiana Department of Education & Kokomo School Corporation

Mentoring and Induction in High-Need Schools


A Seven State Partnership

Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy