Great Teachers and Leaders for All Learners

Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | Cortney Rowland, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders,
Education research and policy meetings almost always address the notion that “context matters” to some degree. But Battelle for Kids (BFK) put context center stage at its Rural Education National Forum held in Columbus, Ohio, in October. Jeanette Walls, author of the book, The Glass Castle, shared stories about growing up poor in rural West Virginia and poverty’s profound impact on her life.... Read more »
Jun 29 | Jane Coggshall
One way to get high-performing teachers to work in hard-to-staff schools, many believe and some are doing, is to offer them recruitment and retention incentives. But is this approach affordable? And what happens to the students in the schools that the most effective teachers leave? And are teachers really interchangeable?   First, consider the cost. Teachers in the main don’t like to change... Read more »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | Cheryl Pruce, Researcher, AIR,
It was like being in a seminar led by a world-class professor—only in this case there were 28 professors, among the top scholars in educational equity. Faculty from Brown, Georgetown, and Stanford universities, leaders from the Clinton Global Initiative, Ford Foundation, and NAACP, and five members of the National Academy of Education including its current president, came to AIR’s Georgetown... Read more »
Jun 29 | Jane Coggshall
One way to get high-performing teachers to work in hard-to-staff schools, many believe and some are doing, is to offer them recruitment and retention incentives. But is this approach affordable? And what happens to the students in the schools that the most effective teachers leave? And are teachers really interchangeable?   First, consider the cost. Teachers in the main don’t like to change... Read more »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | Jennifer Sullivan, Consultant Teacher, North Syracuse (New York) Central School District,
Think back to your first work experience. Do you remember what it was like to be the “newbie”?  What were you feeling the first time you walked into your new place of employment? With the numerous expectations from employers and co-workers, the first years of a new job are filled with highs and lows. Who did you turn to for support, guidance, and encouragement in those... Read more »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | Jane Coggshall
One way to get high-performing teachers to work in hard-to-staff schools, many believe and some are doing, is to offer them recruitment and retention incentives. But is this approach affordable? And what happens to the students in the schools that the most effective teachers leave? And are teachers really interchangeable?   First, consider the cost. Teachers in the main don’t like to change... Read more »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | Jane Coggshall
One way to get high-performing teachers to work in hard-to-staff schools, many believe and some are doing, is to offer them recruitment and retention incentives. But is this approach affordable? And what happens to the students in the schools that the most effective teachers leave? And are teachers really interchangeable?   First, consider the cost. Teachers in the main don’t like to change... Read more »
Jun 29 | Jane Coggshall
One way to get high-performing teachers to work in hard-to-staff schools, many believe and some are doing, is to offer them recruitment and retention incentives. But is this approach affordable? And what happens to the students in the schools that the most effective teachers leave? And are teachers really interchangeable?   First, consider the cost. Teachers in the main don’t like to change... Read more »
Jun 29 | 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 »
Jun 29 | 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 »

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