Research clearly shows that the quality of teachers is the most important school-level factor affecting students’ learning. During the past decade, as U.S. schools have hired over two million new teachers, policymakers and school officials have experimented with an array of new approaches to improving teacher quality—from signing bonuses and alternative preparation to instructional coaches and peer review. However, the goal of ensuring that all students have effective teachers continues to be elusive and persistent attrition within the ranks of new teachers undermines progress.
The Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, directed by Susan Moore Johnson, is a multi-year research project addressing critical questions regarding the future of our nation’s teaching force. Since 1998, The Project has examined a range of issues related to attracting, supporting, and retaining quality teachers in U.S. public schools.