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ERIC Number: ED533216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Greenhouse Schools: How Schools Can Build Cultures Where Teachers and Students Thrive
Successful teachers make successful schools. Yet some schools are better than others at accelerating student learning by developing and keeping great teachers, even compared to schools that serve the same population of students and have access to the same resources. These schools are called "greenhouse schools"--schools with carefully fostered cultures that help teachers and students reach greater heights. What are they doing differently? The short answer is that greenhouse schools accomplish what others only claim to do: they prioritize great teaching above all else. That's TNTP's conclusion after surveying more than 4,800 teachers in almost 250 schools across the country over the past two years. Although other surveys have helped describe certain elements of school culture, TNTP's researchers focused on two questions that they felt had not yet been answered: What kind of school culture is most likely to increase retention of the best teachers and improve student learning? And what concrete steps can principals take to create that culture in their own schools? This paper explains what the researchers have learned from greenhouse schools across the country, and how principals can put those lessons to use in their own schools right now. A technical appendix that provides additional details on the scope of TNTP's study of school culture, the Insight index, and third-party validation of the index by American Institutes for Research (AIR) is included. (Contains 7 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: TNTP
Identifiers - Location: New York