- The difference in student progress with an average teacher vs. an ineffective one is much smaller than between an average teacher and a great one
- Principals can help teachers can hone their skills through professional development
- Even class size and a school’s demographic makeup have less impact on learning than teachers
Teachers are the single-most influential school-based factor in a child’s education.
Many of us remember our most effective teachers. They made connections in a way that hit home or inspired us to try harder. Teachers can make a difference that lasts a lifetime.
Students shouldn’t have to wait for a lucky year to get a highly effective teacher. Students taught by a very good teacher for a single year can gain up to a year’s academic growth over students taught by an ineffective one.
Fortunately, teachers can improve their ability over time. Professional development and mentoring can help teachers fortify their skills.
Effective teaching can help every child be successful.