Professional Educators

Staffing Priority Schools Policy Brief

High needs schools will not transform into high performing schools without effective teachers. This policy brief gives insight into what must be done to identify and develop effective teachers who are committed to working in priority schools. The consensus is that schools must improve the working environment and must be compensated appropriately. The reform process must include teachers and not undercut their expertise. This document combats commonly held myths in the field and highlight ways to advance the teaching profession through financial incentives compatible to the challenging working environments and better working conditions. Finally, the NEA identifies four key strategies to transforming low performing schools which include: recruit and prepare teachers, performance pay structures, improve working conditions based on what the research says develops, retains and inspires teachers, and create new teacher evaluation tools and processes.

Staffing Priority Schools Policy Brief

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