Topic: Teacher Workforce Policy


Teacher Workforce Policy
State Policies to Recruit and Support Teachers Throughout Their Careers

The most important thing a school can do for a student’s education is to ensure she has a good teacher. How can states support teacher quality and  maintain a strong teacher workforce to increase student achievement?

State leaders can play an active role in defining expectations for everything from teacher preparation programs to district professional learning for teachers. And states have the opportunity to create comprehensive frameworks to support educator growth and development across the profession.

To help state leaders address teacher shortages and improve policies to prepare, certify and pay teachers. SREB:

  • tracks policies, actions and research across the continuum to help  policymakers as they make decisions about state policy
  • convenes leaders to examine promising policies and decide together what will work in their own states
  • provides intensive, hands-on technical assistance as states put policies into action

State Education Human Capital Roundtables

Following up on the Teacher Preparation Commission, SREB is convening education human capital roundtables in several states. Roundtable members represent the boards, commissions and agencies charged with improving teacher preparation, educator development and the teaching pipeline. SREB helps roundtables hold challenging conversations on how to improve the quality of their teaching workforce through targeted recruitment, preparation, retention and professional growth strategies. 

When state leaders agree to establish a roundtable, SREB provides customized research and facilitates in-state convenings. Roundtable members develop recommendations for state policy action and create action plans.