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Retaining Teacher Talent

The View From Generation Y

Policy Recommendations

Policy Recommendation 1a: When developing an alternative compensation plan, local policymakers should implement and communicate a transparent approach that clearly identifies the rationale and methodology used to distribute performance-based incentives—especially when including student outcomes as one measure. More…

Policy Recommendation 1b: When designing policy based on an alternative compensation system for teachers, local policymakers should be aware that those affected will be more likely to support a schoolwide bonus model than one that is based on individual awards. More…

Policy Recommendation 2: Given stagnant and declining state and local funding for education, state and local policymakers may want to consider targeting scarce resources toward improving school working conditions with the intention of retaining high-performing teachers. More…

Policy Recommendations 3: School leaders should be supported to make tenure decisions a more meaningful stop along the educator career continuum. Local policymakers, with teacher input, should design and implement an evaluation system that will provide tenure only after teachers demonstrate their effectiveness in the classroom. More…

Policy Recommendation 4: Design and implement a structured system for frequent observations; commit to participating in a genuine feedback loop with the observed teachers. More…

Policy Recommendation 5: School and district leaders should ensure that collaborative activities are designed to enhance the instructional practice of all participants, which also will serve as a mechanism for creating cross-generational understanding and trust. More…

Policy Recommendation 6: Work to design and implement a set of differentiated career options for teachers to increase retention in and satisfaction with the field. More…

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