Teaching is not afforded the same status as other professions in terms of recognition, pay, and career-advancement opportunities. As a result, nearly half of all new teachers leave the profession by their fifth year, and our finest teachers are among those who exit our nation’s classrooms for good. How can the United States raise the status of the teaching profession so that the best teachers are more likely to stay?

The Fordham Institute hosted three state Teachers of the Year along with other distinguished panelists in a discussion of what it would take to transform the profession.

—Education Next

Last updated September 29, 2013