Addressing the Teacher Quality Gap

Strategies to Attract Effective Teachers to Hard-to-Staff Schools

It is no surprise that according to most measures, teachers are inequitably distributed among students. Poor and minority students are more likely to have teachers with less experience and weaker qualifications. This inequity is troubling, since among all other school factors, teachers have the greatest influence on student learning. So what can states and districts do to attract and retain effective teachers in high poverty schools? What do we know about the efficacy of recruitment and incentive strategies, including those strategies used in other sectors outside education?

Join us for a lively discussion that will provide new data, insights, and fresh thinking about how to address teacher equity. Two new papers from the Center for American Progress will launch our discussion. One, by Dan Goldhaber, describes the labor market for teachers, assesses what we know about financial incentives and some of the other policy options for attracting effective teachers to hard-to-staff schools, and makes four policy recommendations designed to address teacher equity. The second paper, by Julie Kowal, Bryan Hassel, and Emily Ayscue Hassel explores the research from other sectors—including civil service, the military, and the medical field—about the use of financial incentives to recruit candidates for hard-to-staff positions and offers some lessons learned for education. This event will feature comments from experts who have been intimately involved in policy development and the implementation of strategies to attract effective teachers to high-needs schools.

Featured Panelists:

Cory Curl, Senior Research Analyst, Governor’s Office of State Planning and Policy (TN)
Segun Eubanks, Director, Teacher Quality Department, National Education Association
Dan Goldhaber, Research Professor, University of Washington’s Bothell’s Center on Reinventing Public Education
Julie Kowal, Senior Consultant, Public Impact
Victoria Van Cleef, Vice President of Staffing Initiatives, The New Teacher Project

Moderated by:

Robin Chait, Senior Education Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Additional information

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.