Attracting Talent to the Classroom – 2

In my previous post I asked if the U.S. can raise the teaching profession to the level of the countries with the highest performing education systems.  The good news is that the climate for overhauling the system of preparing, supporting and evaluating teachers has been steadily improving as a result of the impact of Teach For America and other reform efforts.   (TFA has always claimed a dual mission that includes socializing future leaders about the need to reform public education. In fact, TFA alumni are some of the most prominent leaders in education reform today, spawning charter schools, spin-off alternative certification pathways, and influencing public education policy.)  In particular, there are a number of trends that are contributing to increased efforts to revamp the teacher preparation system, and are luring top individuals into the classroom: Continue reading