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ERIC Number: ED497210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Attracting and Developing High-Quality Teachers. Newsletter
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Researchers, policymakers, and education leaders agree that teacher quality is a vital factor in improving student achievement. Therefore, it is imperative that states and districts recruit, develop, and retain high-quality teachers to ensure that all children are provided with an adequate education. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) initially required that all practicing public school teachers across the nation be deemed highly qualified by the end of the 2005/2006 school year. Despite the demand for more highly qualified teachers, most states did not meet this benchmark. Even though the deadline was extended an additional year, some states and districts still face a major teacher crisis. High teacher turnover rates and teacher shortages, especially in areas such as mathematics, science, and special education, have left many states and districts scrambling to find ways to recruit and/or develop highly qualified teachers. This newsletter highlights several strategies that may be useful in attracting and developing high-quality teachers, including (1) recruitment planning; (2) assistance for certification of paraprofessionals already in the classroom; and (3) partnering with local teacher preparation and alternative licensing programs. The newsletter concludes that no single strategy will significantly make a difference in recruiting or developing highly qualified teachers. To be most effective, districts should assess their needs and incorporate several strategies in their plans to increase the number of highly qualified teachers. [This document was produced by The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, administered by Learning Point Associates in partnership with the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) and WestEd, under contract with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.]
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. 1100 17th Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20035. Tel: 877-277-2744; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A