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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

June 1, 2018
Kelly Robson, Kaitlin Pennington, Juliet Squire
Teachers’ unions are a powerful force in local, state, and federal politics, but Janus vs. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal...
May 9, 2018
Kaitlin Pennington, Alexander Brand
As school districts across the country report various kinds of teacher shortages, how to retain teachers has emerged as a key area of interest for...
May 2, 2018
Bonnie O'Keefe
A new profile highlights the co-teaching approach for dual language learners (DLLs) at Community of Peace Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota. The school...
February 26, 2018
Emily Workman, Lisa Guernsey, Sara Mead
Early childhood educators have a unique opportunity to foster the development of cognitive, behavioral, and social skills. But the work is not easy...
February 1, 2018
Chad Aldeman
School districts across the country are reporting difficulties in hiring high-quality teachers, and states are being asked to respond. However,...

Blog Posts

March 23, 2017
Kaitlin Pennington
President Trump’s newly released budget would slash $9 billion — or 13.5 percent of funding — from the Department of Education. That’s a...
February 1, 2017
Kaitlin Pennington
Students are not learning, but teachers are told they’re doing their jobs effectively. This oxymoron is not new in American education, but...
June 2, 2016
Kaitlin Pennington
During the 2016 legislative session, several states’ bills attacked the use of student growth as part of teachers’ evaluations. While many...