"Teach Plus": Teachers at the Core of a Successful Education Reform
In a recent post at HechingerEd, Jackie Mader described how some low-performing schools in Boston had managed to turn around. The post, "Giving Teachers More Power Helps in Turnaround of Boston Schools", highlighted the T3 Initiative program, a collaboration between Boston Public Schools and Teach Plus. In this program, experienced and effective teachers are selected and recruited to teach in the failing schools:
In addition to training and hiring new teachers, the six schools in the T3 Initiative, provided health and wellness services for students, and intensive teacher professional development over the summer. Teach Plus teachers make up 25 percent of the school faculty at T3 schools, and serve in leadership roles to help other teachers improve.Analysis of the results for elementary (Grades 1 through 6) and middle (grades 7-8) schools had been provided by John Papay of Brown University. Here are the two figures summarizing the results:
|Figure downloaded from http://www.teachplus.org/uploads/Documents/1321560335_T3%20Program%20Analysis.pdf|
Celine Coggins, the chief executive officer of Teach Plus, states the following challenge to society:
"Improving teacher quality requires more than getting smart people to consider teaching: it requires building a profession that retains high performers and allows them to take on leadership roles while continuing to work with students."Getting the smart people to consider teaching is only the first step. Teachers are lifelong learners.