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Teacher and Leader Effectiveness: Lessons Learned from High-Performing Education Systems


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Linda Darling-Hammond, PhD, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University; Codirector,Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
Robert Rothman, Senior Fellow, Alliance for Excellent Education
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

With teacher and leader effectiveness a top priority of the U.S. education policy agenda, the federal government and states are seeking better ways to recruit, prepare, develop, and retain effective educators. The policies and practices of high-performing education systems offer some direction on strategies U.S. policymakers should consider.

Many of these strategies are outlined in a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). The report, Teacher and Leader Effectiveness in High-Performing Education Systems, outlines lessons learned from three of the highest-performing education systems in the world: Finland, Ontario, and Singapore. These systems demonstrate that states and national governments can develop policies that create a highly effective educator workforce that produces improvements in achievement for all students.

On March 28, the Alliance for Excellent Education and SCOPE hosted a webinar to discuss some of the lessons learned about teacher-effectiveness policy from Finland, Ontario, and Singapore. Linda Darling-Hammond from SCOPE and Robert Rothman of the Alliance, coeditors of the Alliance–SCOPE report, presented findings with video clips of senior policy officials who have studied the three systems. Alliance President Bob Wise served as moderator. The webinar also provided an opportunity for Dr. Darling-Hammond and Mr. Rothman to address questions submitted by viewers across the country.

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 Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) was founded in 2008 to foster research, policy, and practice to advance high-quality, high-equity education systems locally, nationally, and internationally.

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