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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

March 10, 2019
Max Marchitello, Justin Trinidad
Students of color are underserved by our public schools, as evidenced by large and persistent achievement gaps. And while diversifying the educator...
February 26, 2019
Bonnie O'Keefe, Melissa Steel King, Chad Aldeman
An Uneven Path: Student Achievement in Boston Public Schools 2007-2017 finds that Boston students outperform their peers in other cities on...
January 30, 2019
Kaitlin Pennington McVey, Justin Trinidad
National dialogue about teacher shortages is skewed by a flawed view that the issue is one generic problem. Reports in the 1980s and ’90s predicted a...
July 18, 2018
Ashley LiBetti, Justin Trinidad
Teaching is one of very few professions that expects new employees to be masters of their craft — where they handle all of the responsibilities of...
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...

Op-Eds

October 19, 2016
New federal guidelines aim to hold teacher prep programs accountable.
September 22, 2016
Somewhere between 10 and 30 percent of all new teachers are hired after the school year begins. These late hires come in with lower college GPAs, are...
August 19, 2016
Donald Trump is a very human example of a statistical outlier.