Report Highlights Importance of Working Conditions

July 3rd, 2012

Category: Policy and Practice

In order to better serve low-income students, not only identifying high-performers, but providing them with the necessary conditions for success is crucial according to the recently released Ed Trust report Building and Sustaining Talent: Creating Conditions in High-Poverty Schools That Support Effective Teaching and Learning.

The report highlights that teacher satisfaction is absolutely critical in order to ensure teachers remain satisfied with their job – with particularly acute effects for those working in high-need schools. In order to address this, the report highlights five district initiatives, which range from strategic staffing to creating shared leadership among staff for turnaround schools. One example in Delaware where this is just getting off the ground is the Delaware Talent Management program, which aims to equip school leaders with the skills necessary to increase teacher retention and student learning.  

While I’ll leave you all to peruse the report at your convenience, I’ll be keeping this on the front of my mind once the results from Delaware’s working conditions survey comes out this fall.

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Brett Turner



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