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Global Conference 2011 | Developing and Retaining a High-Quality Teacher Workforce

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Developing and Retaining a High-Quality Teacher Workforce

The quality of the teacher is the most influential school-related factor when it comes to establishing excellence in education. But in the United States, only 23 percent of teachers finished among the top one-third of their college graduating class, and only 14 percent of top graduates teach in high-poverty schools. Once a teacher is hired, issues arise such as further developing that teacher's skills, evaluating performance, providing competitive compensation, and establishing incentives that encourage effective teachers to remain in the profession. How can the profession be restructured to attract and retain larger numbers of highly educated, skilled teachers? What initiatives, both public and private, are succeeding in keeping the most talented teachers in the profession? Is the current political debate in several states over public employee unions helpful or detrimental to improving the teaching profession?


Yvonne Chan, Member, California State Board of Education; Principal, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center

Adrian Fenty, Former Mayor, Washington, D.C.

Lowell Milken, Co-Founder, Knowledge Universe Education; Founder, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement

Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to President Obama for Education


Richard Lee Colvin, Executive Director, Education Sector

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