How to we recruit and keep great teachers?

TLN Forum member Steve Owens is a USDOE classroom Teacher Ambassador and a recently joined member of the Teacher Leaders Network. Steve contributed this week’s TLN article for Teacher Magazine — it’s a review of Why Great Teachers Quit And How We Might Stop the Exodus by Katy Farber.

Policymakers, he says, would be wise to put some of Farber’s practical ideas in any “Blueprint” for school reform.

What if Race to the Top gave points for states that established 30 minute duty-free lunches, regular bathroom breaks, and provisions for nursing mothers as the norm? What if voluntary standards for teacher working conditions and compensation analogous to the Common Core Standards were established—and adoption of these teacher standards was undertaken with equal urgency?

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