'Greenhouse Schools in Boston'

'Greenhouse Schools in Boston'

Charter school students in Boston have outperformed students in other regions of the country as well as those in traditional public schools in Boston thanks in part to an "instructional culture" and leadership practices that support excellence in teaching, a report from TNTP (formerly the New Teachers Project) finds. Funded by the NewSchools Venture Fund, the report, Greenhouse Schools in Boston (40 pages, PDF), compared Boston charter schools with more than two hundred charter schools across the country and called out four practices as responsible for the former's consistently superior results: learning environments characterized by clear expectations for both students and teachers and rigorous academic standards; robust teacher development mechanisms informed by observation, feedback, and peer modeling; a hiring process that begins earlier in the year and includes more time for sample lessons and opportunities to assess teacher-school "fit"; and appropriate incentives for teacher performance, including increased leadership opportunities for high-performers.