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Teacher and School Leader Quality

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A growing body of evidence confirms that teacher and leader effectiveness are the two most important in-school factors in student achievement. Yet there is still considerable debate about how to promote high-quality teaching, especially in hard-to-staff schools and subjects, and about the characteristics that constitute an effective teacher or school leader.

Bellwether’s work addresses the full continuum of teacher and leader quality issues, including preparation, development, evaluation, and compensation. We use data to promote innovative yet feasible policy solutions to ensure that all students have access to effective instruction and all schools have high-performing leaders at the helm.

In addition to our philanthropically supported field-facing policy work, we have advised state education agencies, advocates, funders, and practitioners working to improve teacher and leader quality and preparation. Our deep experience working with a range of education organizations on teacher and leader quality issues informs our policy work in these areas.

The content below reflects our work on this issue:

Publications

September 22, 2020
Ashley LiBetti, Lynne Graziano, Jennifer O’Neal Schiess
COVID-19 has altered education as we know it, and no one school has found the perfect approach to distance learning. Every school struggles with the...
August 13, 2020
Katie Rouse
Families, teachers, and communities all have varying perspectives on what the school year can and should hold for students. School leaders need to...
July 8, 2020
Rebecca Gifford Goldberg, Alison Fuller, Juliet Squire
Many charter schools and networks have demonstrated game-changing results for low-income students and students of color. And many are eager to extend...
September 17, 2019
Gwen Baker, Lauren Schwartze, Amy Chen Kulesa
Despite some gains over the past 20 years, significant numbers of students are not meeting grade-level expectations as defined by performance on...
June 4, 2019
Chad Aldeman, Andrew J. Rotherham
Fed up with stagnant salaries, teachers have gone on strike all across the country over the past few years. Meanwhile, education spending is hitting...

Op-Eds

April 15, 2020
Arne Duncan is experiencing the novel coronavirus like the rest of us: worried about his family, worried about his community and worried about our...
July 19, 2019
While teacher designed assessments can be more beneficial to student learning than commercially prepared assessments, teacher survey data suggests...
April 17, 2017
We’re all in favor of creative ways to recruit and retain good teachers, but this isn’t it.