Something we at Teacher Leader Network have been documenting for years is the topic of a recent report from EdTrust. Entitled: Building and Sustaining Talent: Creating Conditions in High Poverty Schools That Support Effective Teaching and Learning, the authors correctly note that it is the conditions, not the kids, that cause our best teachers to leave the schools that need them most. The report also gets right that it will take more than money to get and keep the best teachers in the highest needs schools.
Here’s a slice:
Great teachers should not have to be great in spite of lousy school environments. Good school environments should actually help even our best teachers to improve.(p. 4)
While I disagree with some of the report’s conclusions and suggestions, there’s also much to support here. EdTrust has added some valuable information to a long-overdue discussion.