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Document Number: 10354

The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America's Urban Schools - Spanning four urban school districts encompassing 90,000 teachers, this study focuses on the experiences of the “Irreplaceables”: teachers so successful at advancing student learning that they are nearly impossible to replace. It finds that schools rarely make a strong effort to keep these teachers despite their success—and rarely usher unsuccessful teachers out. These retention patterns stymie school turnaround efforts and prevent the teaching profession from earning the prestige it deserves. The report offers two major recommendations: 1) Make retention of Irreplaceables a top priority; and 2) Strengthen the teaching profession with higher expectations. (The New Teacher Project, July 2012)...

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