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A System Approach to Building a World-Class Teaching Profession: The Role of Induction


Gwendolyn Benson, Associate Dean, College of Education, Georgia State University
Richard Ingersoll, Professor of Education and Sociology, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Ellen Moir, Executive Director, New Teacher Center
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

As states gear up to implement curricular reforms aligned to rigorous college and career standards, longstanding concerns remain about whether states have an educator workforce or have the capacity to produce one with the training and skills needed to deliver high-quality content to all students. Increasing rates of teacher attrition seriously compromise the nation’s capacity to ensure that all students have access to skilled teaching. High-poverty schools experience a teacher-turnover rate of about 20 percent annually—roughly 50 percent higher than the rate in more affluent ones. Coherent policies that address the problem of inadequate and unequally distributed teaching talent are essential to reverse the broad inequities in educational opportunity and outcomes for students based on race, income, and geography.

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the New Teacher Center held a webinar on October 4 for a discussion about the role of states and districts in supporting new teachers through comprehensive induction. A new Alliance policy brief was released at the event—“A System Approach to Building a World-Class Teaching Profession: The Role of Induction”—that examines the research on teacher turnover and performance and the implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

The New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. NTC strengthens school communities through proven mentoring and professional development programs, online learning environments, policy advocacy, and essential research.

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