WHY TEACHING EXCELLENCE MATTERS
Research backs up what we all know from experience: The person in front of the classroom every day has a huge influence on whether a student succeeds, both in school and later in life. Every child deserves a great teacher so that each student can maximize his/her potential. States and school districts need to support every teacher so that they can be highly effective for children.
KEY AREAS OF WORK
- Increasing teacher pay across the board and especially in the highest‑needs schools
- Improving teacher pipelines to increase the diversity and effectiveness of new teachers
- Improving teacher preparation and professional development for teaching reading
- Adopting clear and rigorous teaching standards
- Creating and funding novice teacher mentoring programs and establishing teacher career pathways
WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS
- Teachers have approximately two to three times the impact of anyother school factor (e.g. services, facilities, leadership) on student success.
- Diversity in the teacher workforce can have a positive effect for all students, and especially when students have a teacher who shares their background.
- Nearly one in seven new teachers leaves the classroom before completing their third year.
- Currently, mid-career teachers struggle to afford a middle-class lifestyle. Paying teachers like the professionals they are can increase the retention of experience, effective teachers.
- Helping teachers enhance their skills and improve their practice takes time and commitment. It can take up to 20 tries for teachers to master new skills, so a sustained professional learning strategy is important.