It goes without saying that great teachers matter a lot. The quality of a teacher is the single most important school-based variable when it comes to influencing a student’s academic success.
We all want to ensure that as many great teachers get in front of as many children as possible. What will this take?
Arguably, this will take even more bright individuals committing themselves to enter the profession. Truly excellent teacher preparation programs improving further on imparting the multifaceted skills, knowledge, content, cultural competence, and hands-on experience needed to teach in today’s classrooms. And, likely a more intentional equitable distribution of high-quality educators across schools (no matter what the school demographics may be).
This is the ideal. Unfortunately, the ideal is not always our reality. So, while we continue to work on all of these other important pieces (professionalizing teaching, teacher preparation, and equal distribution of quality educators), let’s talk about how to recruit and retain the best teachers and ask some important questions:
Bring your ideas online and then bring them in-person on Wednesday, October 28 for a panel discussion to continue the conversation. A diverse group of educators will discuss and answer your questions at 6 p.m. at Rhode Island College at Alger Hall, 101. The panelists will include:
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited but you can currently bring friends!
Don Miller -