Teaching has historically been described as an “unstaged occupation,” with few opportunities to access higher earning and higher status positions. The main opportunity for career advancement for teachers is leaving the classroom to become a school administrator. This report offers a new vision of teacher career pathways that holds promise for recruiting and retaining excellent teachers who further student learning, providing consistent access to excellent teachers.
A distinguished panel discussed the report at a release event earlier this month. Taking part in the discussion are presenters Kathy McKnight, Principal research director, Center for Educator Effectiveness, Pearson; Lynn Gaddis, Illinois State Teacher of the Year 1995; and Catherine Fisk Natale, Education Consultant. Discussants include Kimberly Worthy, DC State Teacher of the Year 2009 and teacher at Howard University Middle School; Jason Kamras, DC State Teacher of the Year 2005, National Teacher of the Year 2005, and Chief of Human Capital, DC Public Schools; and Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, AEI.