Great Teachers and Leaders for All Learners

Jan 30 | David Osher, Ph.D., Vice President, American Institutes for Research
I have studied schools where teachers broke down in class, smoldered as they burned out in the teachers’ lounge, or quit. I also have seen these teachers’ behaviors turn around—along with student behaviors and academics. Examples: A school in the South Bronx, New York, where student behavior and achievement improved, and teachers—instead of leaving—recruited their friends. A school... Read more »
Jan 30 | Christopher Poulos, Teacher-Leader in Residence, Connecticut State Department of Education, and Teacher at Joel Barlow High School, Redding, Connecticut,
This year I have had the unique opportunity of splitting my time between teaching in my Redding, Connecticut, school district and serving as a teacher-leader in residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. In this hybrid role, I have been able to work alongside policy leaders making decisions that impact public education while reflecting on my classroom practice and representing... Read more »
Jan 30 | Renee A. Moore, Mississippi Delta Community College,
During my tenure as our state Teacher of the Year, one of my duties was to help recruit teachers. Because I live in the impoverished Delta region of Mississippi, I took a special interest in encouraging new teachers to come to our area. Unfortunately, the combination of poor working and living conditions in many Delta towns makes attracting and keeping teachers very difficult. This frustrating... Read more »
Jan 30 | Catherine Jacques, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders,
Instructional improvement and instructional leadership are central to many states’ plans to improve equitable access to effective teaching. Teacher leaders support and accelerate improvements in teaching and learning in schools across the country; however, only a few state equity plans explicitly address teacher leadership. States are missing an important opportunity. Teacher leadership can help... Read more »
Jan 30 | Lisa Foehr, Director of Educator Quality and Certification, Rhode Island Department of Education,
It seems like nearly every school in every state is implementing a new system that defines educator excellence and evaluates educator performance. Policymakers and local leaders declare their interest not only in determining how an educator performs but also in improving educator performance so students benefit. So, how does a state or a school system make good on guaranteeing that educator... Read more »
Jan 30 | Jane Coggshall, GTL Center,
Twelve years after federal policy first tried to chip away at the problem of unequal access to teacher quality through No Child Left Behind, the field continues to grapple with this complex issue. Today’s “Equitable Access” event at the Center for American Progress (CAP), cohosted with American Institutes for Research, reminded the policy wonks in the room that low-income students and students... Read more »
Jan 30 | Cheryl Pruce, AIR Research Analyst,
Here’s something you already may know: Mathematica Policy Research’s two, large-scale studies on the distribution of effective teachers across schools have made quite a splash in the research and policy worlds. So why yet another blog post on them? Because most of us need help translating meticulous research so we can use it in the field! That’s why I asked some of the authors of Access to... Read more »
Jan 30 | Christopher Poulos, Teacher-Leader in Residence, Connecticut State Department of Education, and Teacher at Joel Barlow High School, Redding, Connecticut,
This year I have had the unique opportunity of splitting my time between teaching in my Redding, Connecticut, school district and serving as a teacher-leader in residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. In this hybrid role, I have been able to work alongside policy leaders making decisions that impact public education while reflecting on my classroom practice and representing... Read more »
Jan 30 | Jessica Rigby, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Washington–Seattle, and Lynda Tredway, Senior Associate, Institute for Educational Leadership,
To address the continuing disparity in achievement outcomes between white students and their black and Latino counterparts, the U.S. Department of Education in July 2014 launched the Excellent Educators for All initiative, a response to recommendations of the Equity and Excellence Commission report (written by a collaboration of scholars, teachers, union leaders, state and local... Read more »
Jan 30 | Jane Coggshall, GTL Center,
Twelve years after federal policy first tried to chip away at the problem of unequal access to teacher quality through No Child Left Behind, the field continues to grapple with this complex issue. Today’s “Equitable Access” event at the Center for American Progress (CAP), cohosted with American Institutes for Research, reminded the policy wonks in the room that low-income students and students... Read more »
Jan 30 | Ellen Sherratt, Senior Researcher, AIR,
Earlier this month, a handful of wealthy business leaders in Jacksonville, Florida, took a bold and innovative step to elevate teacher and principal salaries in the region. Pooling $40 million in donations, they agreed to provide $20,000/year-- “lifestyle-changing” salary bumps --to educators who are making a difference in the area’s 36 most troubled schools. One donor, former Jacksonville... Read more »
Jan 30 | David Osher, Ph.D., Vice President, American Institutes for Research
I have studied schools where teachers broke down in class, smoldered as they burned out in the teachers’ lounge, or quit. I also have seen these teachers’ behaviors turn around—along with student behaviors and academics. Examples: A school in the South Bronx, New York, where student behavior and achievement improved, and teachers—instead of leaving—recruited their friends. A school... Read more »
Jan 30 | Jane Coggshall, GTL Center Content Lead
Welcome to the inaugural post to the Great Teachers and Leaders for All Learners blog from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders! In the coming weeks and months, we will be using this space to explore the actions that states and others can take to ensure equitable access to effective educators. We are launching Great Teachers and Leaders for All Learners for the following reasons:... Read more »
Jan 30 | Renee A. Moore, Mississippi Delta Community College,
During my tenure as our state Teacher of the Year, one of my duties was to help recruit teachers. Because I live in the impoverished Delta region of Mississippi, I took a special interest in encouraging new teachers to come to our area. Unfortunately, the combination of poor working and living conditions in many Delta towns makes attracting and keeping teachers very difficult. This frustrating... Read more »
Jan 30 | David Osher, Ph.D., Vice President, American Institutes for Research
I have studied schools where teachers broke down in class, smoldered as they burned out in the teachers’ lounge, or quit. I also have seen these teachers’ behaviors turn around—along with student behaviors and academics. Examples: A school in the South Bronx, New York, where student behavior and achievement improved, and teachers—instead of leaving—recruited their friends. A school... Read more »
Jan 30 | Cheryl Pruce, AIR Research Analyst,
Here’s something you already may know: Mathematica Policy Research’s two, large-scale studies on the distribution of effective teachers across schools have made quite a splash in the research and policy worlds. So why yet another blog post on them? Because most of us need help translating meticulous research so we can use it in the field! That’s why I asked some of the authors of Access to... Read more »
Jan 30 | Angela Minnici, GTL Center Director,
As we begin 2015 and think about what matters in education, a New Year’s resolution worth making is to double down on our efforts to ensure that every student—especially our neediest— has consistent access to great teachers and leaders.  This year, state leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to lay out a bold vision for ensuring that all students – regardless of zip code and background... Read more »
Jan 30 | Alexander Berg-Jacobson, Judith Ennis, and Jillian Reynolds, GTL Center Staff,
What should be front and center when we think about the education of future generations and the future of our country? The Education Trust 2014 National Conference, titled “Become The Change: Closing Gaps in Opportunity and Achievement,” unpacked that question with engaging sessions on the challenges affecting students from low-income families, students of color, and their schools. In her... Read more »
Jan 30 | Christopher Poulos, Teacher-Leader in Residence, Connecticut State Department of Education, and Teacher at Joel Barlow High School, Redding, Connecticut,
This year I have had the unique opportunity of splitting my time between teaching in my Redding, Connecticut, school district and serving as a teacher-leader in residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. In this hybrid role, I have been able to work alongside policy leaders making decisions that impact public education while reflecting on my classroom practice and representing... Read more »
Jan 30 | Alexander Berg-Jacobson, Judith Ennis, and Jillian Reynolds, GTL Center Staff,
What should be front and center when we think about the education of future generations and the future of our country? The Education Trust 2014 National Conference, titled “Become The Change: Closing Gaps in Opportunity and Achievement,” unpacked that question with engaging sessions on the challenges affecting students from low-income families, students of color, and their schools. In her... Read more »

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