Improving Teacher QualityA Guide for Education Leaders
Techniques for the difficult task of improving teacher quality No one stakeholder group can realize lasting change on their own; nor can any reform initiative focusing on just one type of strategy create the workplace conditions needed to truly build capacity within the education profession. Rather, stakeholders must focus on collaborating, reaching common understanding, and prioritizing for ultimate impact on the quality of teachers and teaching. This book discusses research and concrete examples of practice tied to teacher quality intended to improve eight key interrelated factors: Preparation; Recruitment; Hiring; Induction; Professional Development; Compensation and Incentives; Working Conditions; and Performance Management. Offers a framework and strategies for understanding the issues that make up the teacher quality question Written for educational leaders, superintendents, district administrators, teacher leaders, and principals, as well as policy-makers and other stakeholders Filled with illustrative examples teacher quality The author addresses the most important factor that affects student achievement-the quality of the teacher.
Figures and Rubrics. The Authors. Introduction. A Systemic Approach to Human Capital Management. About the METworksSM Framework. About This Book. 1. Teachers and Leaders in Schools: The Conditions That Support Effective Teachers and Leaders. Create a Positive, Collaborative, and Team-Oriented School Culture That Facilitates Effective Teaching. Engage Families and the Community in a Meaningful and Genuine Way. Ensure That Teacher Workloads Are Reasonable. Ensure That Schools Are Safe, Clean, and Appropriately Equipped for Effective Teaching. From Their Schools to Yours: Getting the Ball Rolling. 2. Getting the Right People on the Bus: How School Districts Manage Teacher Recruitment, Hiring, and Placement. Hire the Best Possible Candidates. Distribute Teachers Appropriately and Equitably Across Schools and Classrooms. If the Pool of Excellent Applicants Is Too Shallow, Work to Widen the Pool. If Outstanding Applicants Are Not Accepting Your Offers, Review Your Educator Talent Management System. Teacher Recruitment Checklists. 3. The Enduring Role of Unions: Teacher Performance Management. What Do You Want to Measure? How Do You Want to Measure Teacher Effectiveness? What Will You Do with This Information? Implications for Professional Development. Implications for Staffing. Implications for Compensation. Putting the Pieces Together. From Their School to Yours: Getting the Ball Rolling. 4. The View from the Statehouse: Enabling Teachers, Building the Profession. The Role of Federal Teacher Quality Policy. Building the Profession: Strong Induction and Mentoring Programs. High-Quality Professional Development: Enabling Teachers. Making Connections to Induction, Mentoring, and Professional Development Across the Career Continuum. From the Statehouse to the Schoolhouse: Getting the Ball Rolling. 5. Setting the Table: The Role of Institutions of Higher Education in Preparing Teachers for Success. Serve as a Gateway to the Profession. Prepare Candidates to Be Effective in the Classroom. From Higher Education to Your School: Getting the Ball Rolling. Conclusion: Managing Educator Talent for Gen Y Teachers and Beyond. Conditions That Support Effective Teachers and Leaders. Teacher Recruitment, Hiring, and Placement. Teacher Performance Management. Enabling Teachers, Building the Profession. The Role of Institutions of Higher Education in Preparing Teachers for Success. Index.
Sabrina Laine is chief program officer for educator quality at Learning Point Associates. She manages the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is a principal investigator for the Center for Educator Compensation Reform. Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt is a policy associate at Learning Point Associates. Her area of focus is teacher quality and school leadership and she led the development of the Managing Educator Talent (METworksSM) Framework. Molly Lasagna is a policy associate at Learning Point Associates.
Improving Teacher Quality Inside these pages are illustrative examples, the most current research, and a proven process for improving teacher quality. This book offers education leaders at all levels innovative strategies based on best practices that are at once proactive, strategic, and coordinated. Resting on the principles of collaboration and common understanding, the authors explore eight necessary components for improving teacher quality. Praise for Improving Teacher Quality "Improving Teacher Quality articulates the integrated and interdependent links that comprise a high quality, effective human capital system that is the necessary backdrop for the kind of sustainable improvement efforts that will ultimately lead to improved teaching practice and, most importantly, student learning. This book gets it right."—Ellen Moir, CEO, New Teacher Center "This is the most important guide available to help principals engage in the critical work of getting and supporting the best teachers possible. The authors offer concrete, practice-based strategies in a wonderfully comprehensive manner and with great insight."—Joseph Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Chair, Vanderbilt University "This important and timely book recognizes the critical importance of teacher quality in promoting student learning. It's a complex landscape, in which school principals play an essential role in attracting and retaining effective teachers through hiring policies and cultural and professional support; this book provides a valuable guide to that landscape."—Charlotte Danielson, educational consultant "A practical guide to a hot education topic: human capital management. Readers will gain a keenunderstanding of what it takes to develop and sustain a system that enables effective teachers to flourish in today's public schools."—Julia Koppich, president, J. Koppich & Associates
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