Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Effective Educators

Schools are only as effective as the teachers, administrators, and staff working within them. WEPC researchers seek to better understand the educator pipeline and to measure the impact of policies designed to improve the education workforce, from teacher preparation to professional development to increasing the diversity of the education profession. 


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Professional Development at Scale: The Causal Effect of Obtaining an SEI Endorsement Under Massachusetts’s RETELL Initiative

Jesse Bruhn, Nathan Jones, Yasuko Kanno, and Marcus Winters use longitudinal data from Massachusetts to measure the causal effect of a rigorous and time-intensive professional development (PD) delivered at a nearly unprecedented scale: teachers earning an endorsement in Structured English Immersion (SEI) under the Massachusett’s Rethinking Equity in the Teaching of English Language Learners (RETELL) initiative.

Regulatory Arbitrage in Teacher Hiring and Retention

Jesse Bruhn, Scott Imberman, and Marcus Winters use longitudinal administrative data from Massachusetts to describe how the relationship between teacher value-added and attrition compares across charter and traditional public schools. Massachusetts is a particular interesting setting for this study because it is home to a fairly large and high-performing charter school sector.