Make Room for the Principal Supervisors

This case study, published by The Wallace Foundation, delves into Denver Public Schools’ rethinking of principal supervisors, which resulted in the district hiring more people to coach and evaluate leaders, thereby reducing supervisors’ “span of control” (i.e., the number of people a supervisor manages). Within 18 months of implementing this change, principal satisfaction with human resources increased from 43 percent (prior to implementation) to more than 90 percent.

Retaining Teacher Talent: The View From Generation Y

This publication, by Learning Point Associates and Public Agenda, examines how best to retain teacher talent among Generation Y, the cohort born between 1977 and 1995. As this group becomes increasingly large share of the teaching workforce, attention must be paid to Gen Y’s needs and preferences to ensure that these teachers are retained. The observations in this report come from a national, random-sample survey of 890 public school teachers.

Finding a New Way: Leveraging Teacher Leadership to Meet Unprecedented Demands

This paper, by Rachel Curtis of Human Capital Strategies for Urban Schools, gives examples of school systems that have created unique teacher career pathways as part of a larger vision to transform the culture of teaching and learning within schools. Through these profiles, Curtis outlines a process to help school systems develop new roles for teachers and create and implement systems and structures to support teacher leadership efforts.

Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

In this TED talk, Daniel Pink, career analyst and former Al Gore speechwriter, dissects the puzzle of motivation, starting with the fact that most social scientists know the answer to this puzzle while most managers do not. Pink explains that traditional rewards are not always as effective as we think they are. True motivation can be defined by three elements: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. He emphasizes this by providing anecdotes coupled with facts. 

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership

This annual survey conducted by MetLife examines the views of teachers and principals on the responsibilities and challenges facing school leaders, including the changing roles of principals and teachers, budget and resources, professional satisfaction, and implementation of the Common Core State Standards for college and career readiness. The 2012 report finds the following:

New Leaders Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program by New Leaders is designed to strengthen leadership skills of teachers, coaches and assistant principals with the ultimate goal of putting participants on the path to principalship while building leadership capacity across a system. The goal is to develop the mindsets and skill sets to drive achievement gains in schools immediately. 

Teacher Career Paths

This Public Impact webpage provides information on how school models that extend the reach of excellent teachers to more students can create new roles that enable teachers and paraprofessionals to pursue a variety of career paths.

When Learning Counts: Rethinking Licenses for School Leaders

This Wallace Foundation report seeks to provide an answer to whether licenses that states require for school principals cover the skills and knowledge to promote student learning. And, if not, what policy framework would allow educators, lawmakers, and others rethink principal licenses? The investigation finds that licenses don’t reflect a learning focus and that licensing requirements across states are unbalanced and misaligned with today’s ambitions for school leaders. 

Using Competency-Based Evaluation to Drive Teacher Excellence: Lessons From Singapore

The complete recipe for Singapore’s educational success is not public, but one element stands out: the development and thorough use of performance-linked “competencies” to measure, reward, and develop teacher performance. This report by Public Impact explores Singapore’s successful teacher evaluation and development system—recognized by its education leadership and teachers as effective and fair.

Teacher Leader Model Standards

There is a growing acceptance, indeed enthusiasm, among policymakers and education leaders for a heightened teacher role in leading a stronger profession. More than 60 colleges now offer master’s programs in teacher leadership. Smart, dynamic, motivated teachers fear stagnating in their growth, and teacher leadership positions provide avenues to pursue new skills and interests while remaining in the classroom.


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