Smart, Skilled, and Striving: Transforming and Elevating the Teaching Profession

Smart, Skilled, and Striving: Transforming and Elevating the Teaching Profession

Recruiting and retaining effective teachers requires elevating the profession and setting higher expectations for every stage of the teacher career continuum, a report from the Center for American Progress argues. The report, Smart, Skilled, and Striving: Transforming and Elevating the Teaching Profession (60 pages, PDF), outlines a "virtuous cycle" of setting a high bar for acceptance into teacher preparation programs, providing rigorous training and robust support, designing schools to attract and retain talent, and offering opportunities for growth in leadership opportunities as well as pay. Specific recommendations include improving the quality of clinical training experiences in the classroom, refining licensure exams, raising and differentiating pay according to effectiveness and leadership responsibilities, and increasing the amount of time teachers have to improve their practice by observing highly effective teachers, collaborating and planning with colleagues, coaching, and mentoring.