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Document Number: 6150

Finding the Teachers We Need - Even those who approach the teacher quality challenge from very different directions agree that there is a need to do something radically different to attract and retain quality teachers, particularly in high-poverty schools and key academic areas. This paper summarizes the contents of the authors’ recent book, A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom? Appraising Old Answers and New Ideas, which offers a comprehensive look at the teacher quality debate. The paper includes sections on: (1) an overview of the teacher quality debate; (2) alternative certification; (3) the ambiguous nature of current evidence; (4) samples of relevant research; (5) next steps for informing policy; and (6) new directions for policy. (Frederick M. Hess, Andrew J. Rotherham and Kate Walsh, WestEd, 2005)...

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