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ERIC Number: ED499076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Recruiting and Retaining National Board Certified Teachers for Hard-to-Staff, Low-Performing Schools: Silver Bullets or Smart Solutions
Berry, Barnett; King, Tammy
Center for Teaching Quality
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has developed and made available sophisticated teaching assessments in nearly two dozen fields. This paper draws on an array of research evidence, and data gathering in four urban communities with large representations of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), to describe three major issues policymakers and practitioners must face in solving the problem of the maldistribution of accomplished and expert teachers: (1) Salary and other financial incentives are necessary, but not sufficient, to recruit and retain accomplished teachers for hard-to-staff schools; (2) Importing accomplished teachers into low-performing schools is not enough to solve teaching quality problems found in such schools; and (3) The National Board assessment process can be a powerful professional development tool, but states and districts must create specific strategies if NBCTs are going to help improve low-performing schools. (Contains 18 endnotes.)
Center for Teaching Quality. 976 Airport Road Suite 250, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Tel: 919-951-0200; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Chicago Public Education Fund, IL.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Southeast Center for Teaching Quality, Chapel Hill, NC.