Modernizing and Elevating the Teaching Profession

The Center for American Progress recognizes that no education reform effort can be successful without teachers. High-quality teaching is essential to all efforts to improve students’ learning and has the greatest impact for students who are mostly likely to start school behind their peers academically. For too long, teachers have been an afterthought, underpaid and undervalued. We are working to modernize and elevate the teaching profession so that teachers receive the training, pay, and respect they deserve, and every student has access to high-quality teachers.


Homework and Higher Standards Report
A teenager helps her younger sister complete her math homework at their Denver home, January 2018. (Getty/The Denver Post/AAron Ontiveroz)

Homework and Higher Standards

CAP analysis found that homework is generally aligned to Common Core State Standards, but additional policy changes would make it more valuable.

Ulrich Boser, Meg Benner, John Smithson

How to Give Teachers a $10,000 Raise Report
Teachers don red and march around the capitol grounds en masse during a teachers rally for more educational funding at the Colorado State Capitol, April 27, 2018. (Getty/The Denver Post/AAron Ontiveroz)

How to Give Teachers a $10,000 Raise

Because teachers’ compensation should reflect the importance of their work, CAP proposes a $10,000 federal Teacher Tax Credit that would increase pay for eligible teachers in high-poverty schools.

Meg Benner, Erin Roth, Stephenie Johnson, 1 More Kate Bahn

Revisiting the Persistent Teacher Diversity Problem Article
A political science teacher leads students through a discussion of the verdicts in the Reginald Denny beating trial at a Los Angeles high school, October 18, 1993. (AP/Eric Draper)

Revisiting the Persistent Teacher Diversity Problem

The Center for American Progress’ latest analysis finds that the nation’s teacher workforce still lacks diversity.

Catherine Brown, Ulrich Boser

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