Research about Teacher Career Pathways
Maintaining the most motivated, highly qualified teachers is an ongoing challenge for America’s schools. The below report, jointly issued by Center for Educator Learning & Effectiveness and National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), offers a new vision of teacher career pathways for the 21st century that holds promise for recruiting and retaining excellent teachers who further student learning.
The report showcases recent initiatives at the local, state, and national level that promote teacher role differentiation and create different models of teacher staffing and teacher career continuums. The culmination includes preliminary recommendations related to creating the conditions necessary to develop sustainable teacher career pathways—and potentially make teaching a more attractive career option for a generation that expects flexibility in the workplace, collaborative work structures, differentiated roles, and compensation systems that recognize performance and differing levels of responsibility.
Read the full report, executive summary, or a short overview of state initiatives below.
Watch the Discussion at the Launch Event
Moderated by Katherine Bassett, presenters Kathy McKnight, Lynn Gaddis, and Catherine Fisk Natale discuss the challenges and issues examined in the report. Discussants Kimberly Worthy, Jason Kamras, and Rick Hess join the conversation and talk about potential solutions. This event was hosted by the Fordham Institute in Washington DC.
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With half of the nation’s teachers planning to retire over the next decade, our research focuses on identifying practices that make teaching attractive for a new generation of educators. This document summarizes how lessons learned from recent initiatives can be applied more systematically across the teaching profession to meet 21st century career expectations. More detail available in the full report.
Teaching has historically been described as an “unstaged occupation,” with few opportunities to access higher earning and higher status positions. The main opportunity for career advancement for teachers is leaving the classroom to become a school administrator. This report offers a new vision of teacher career pathways that holds promise for recruiting and retaining excellent teachers who further student learning, providing consistent access to excellent teachers.
This short overview includes a state-by-state analysis of current and proposed approaches for promoting teacher leadership in the US.