Increasing Teacher Quality Through Supportive Work Environments
Education Trust report examines how five school districts create working environments that promote effective teaching and improve student outcomes
A supportive work environment is essential to improving teacher quality and making teacher evaluation meaningful, according to a new report released by the Education Trust, a Joyce Foundation Education Program grantee. The report, Building and Sustaining Talent: Creating Conditions in High-Poverty Schools That Support Effective Teaching and Learning, focuses on how school cultures and working environments may impact a teacher’s performance and, ultimately, student outcomes.
The report highlights five districts that have recognized the importance of workplace culture for teachers and their students. “While each district’s approach is different,” the authors write, “some consistent themes emerge: a focus on strong leadership, a campus-wide commitment to improving instruction by analyzing student data and reflecting on practice, and a collaborative environment that values and rewards individual contribution.”
Education Trust press release
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