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Updated: Expanding The Impact Of Excellent Teachers

October 29, 2012 09:00 AM

Two Joyce grantees share new ways to leverage top teachers

Bryan Hassel, co-director of Public Impact, and Celine Coggins, CEO of Teach Plus, published a joint commentary in the August 16 edition of Education Week about ways schools and districts can think differently to leverage their top teachers. The Joyce Foundation Education Program supports Public Impact to develop specific policy ideas to create an Opportunity Culture that extends the reach of excellent teachers, and Joyce supports Teach Plus in Chicago and Indianapolis to engage teachers and encourage them to contribute their voices to local education policy debates.

With a growing body of research connecting teacher quality to students’ success in the classroom and later in life, schools must be creative in utilizing their top teachers to reach as many students as possible by allowing these excellent teachers to collaborate with their colleagues and shape the school’s culture. Hassel and Coggins write that this can be achieved by redesigning the teaching job.
“Expanding these teachers’ impact will require them to influence not just classrooms, but also school values and policies. Excellent teachers should play a prominent role in determining peer selection, instructional practices and materials, evaluation methods and retention decisions.”

Hassel and Coggins also call on policy makers to clear the way so school administrators can reward outstanding teachers, to provide funding for research to improve teacher evaluation, and to extend a teacher’s impact by redesigning the job and using new technologies.

Read the full Education Week article here.
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