Topic: Teacher Workforce Policy
The most important thing a school can do for a student’s education is to ensure she has a good teacher. And states need a strong teacher workforce to increase student achievement. To help state leaders address teacher shortages and improve policies to prepare, certify and pay teachers. SREB:
- tracks policies, actions and research across the continuum to help policymakers with decisions
- convenes leaders to examine promising policies and decide together what will work in their own states
- provides assistance with planning as states put policies into action
Today, many schools struggle to find good teachers and keep them in the profession. One way states can address this problem is to focus policies for each stage in the profession’s career continuum.
When states recognize these distinct needs, educators can grow more effective and be compensated for improving. Aligning policies across the continuum also signals that teaching is a profession with an attractive career path.