Trends in Teacher Preparation, Recruitment and Retention

Teaching quality seems likely to remain a state concern for the long-term, even though policymakers will come to see, if they haven't already, that it isn't a magic bullet. The impetus for that continued focus comes not only from the states’ pressing needs for well-qualified teachers, but also from the federal government.

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About the Author
Michael Allen is the program director for the Teaching Quality Policy Center at the Education Commission of the States. He has written numerous policy briefs and articles on issues related to teacher policy and has recently completed a major ECS report entitled “Eight Questions on Teacher Preparation: What Does the Research Say?” A former philosophy professor and ethicist, he is also the coauthor of a guidebook on nonprofit organizational ethics.

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