✧ Teacher Retention
According to The National Center for Education Statistics, far fewer teachers are leaving the profession after their first year (17%) than originally thought (40-50%).
✧ Mentor Retention
However, a report conducted by The Institute for Education Sciences found that teacher mentorship plays a huge role in retention.
✧ LA CCSS
Two local Louisiana administrators answer questions about implementing the Common Core standards. They explain how empowering teachers and providing with the support they need is key. “Through this approach we have found that we learn more about the real needs in schools and create higher quality resources that get broader use and more effective results.”
✧ VA Early Ed Investments
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe explains why he’s set on investing in early childhood education. He cites the benefits of Virginia’s economic future, and institutes a statewide obligation to educate young students.
✧ Homegrown Teachers
Chicago Business Magazine says local teacher recruitment programs like Grow Your Own Teachers in Illinois that recruit diverse and local candidates to teach in public schools are worth investing in. Homegrown teachers “were able to quickly relate to families and enlist them as partners in educating children. They had high expectations and relevant lessons for students. And their students often outperformed others.”