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NEW-TEACHER EXCELLENCE: Alliance to Hold Forum on High-Quality Teachers on December 12

The Alliance for Excellent Education in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) will hold a special forum on recruiting, retaining, and preparing qualified teachers. The Alliance/AASA forum will provide recommendations designed to guide decision makers in their efforts to ensure that every student has access to qualified teachers in every classroom.

In the first of two forum sessions, three reports that describe the nature of the qualified-teacher shortage and strategies for addressing the problem will be discussed. New-Teacher Excellence: Retaining Our Best is a new Alliance report that recommends that states and districts implement induction programs for all new teachers as a strategy for retaining teachers and helping them to grow professionally.

AASA’s report Higher Pay in Hard-to-Staff Schools: The Case for Financial Incentives describes federal, state, and district incentives for recruiting qualified teachers and recommends that the federal government provide a tax credit for teachers and principals working in high-poverty schools. Finally, the National Association of State Boards of Education’s recently released State Incentive Programs for Recruiting Teachers: Are They Effective in Reducing Shortages? examines the correlation between state efforts to recruit new teachers and the nature of the teacher shortage problem.

The introductory session will be followed by a discussion of a wide range of issues related to teacher quality, including assessment of teacher quality; innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining qualified teachers; alternative approaches to certification; and the appropriate role of local, state, and federal governments, as well as unions and the business community, in ensuring a highly qualified teacher in every classroom.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Brenda Maddox-Dolan at the Alliance for Excellent Education at or. For more information, download the invitation from the Alliance Web site at:

Beginning Thursday afternoon, Dec. 12, the report will be available on the Alliance Web site at:


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