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.
Authors: Marcus A. Winters, Brian Kisida, & Ikhee Cho Project Summary This study explores whether principal transitions are inherently disruptive or if the impact of changing principals...
Authors: Melanie Rucinski & Joshua Goodman Project Summary Despite dramatic increases in the diversity of the U.S. school-age population, the pool of public school teachers has remained...
A Classroom Observer Like Me: The Effect of Demographic Congruence Between Teachers and Raters on Observation Scores
Author: Olivia Chi Project Summary To further understand the challenges of diversifying the teacher pipeline, Olivia Chi examines how race and gender dynamics influence administrators’ subjective...
All Effective Educator Projects
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.