See our 2022 report on State Policy Levers to Address Teacher Shortages, which includes more recent examples, by clicking here.

To explore specific state strategies for addressing shortages, see this brief or any of the others from our 2016 series:

  1. Alternative certification
  2. Financial Incentives
  3. Induction and mentorship
  4. Evaluation and feedback 
  5. Teacher leadership 

Providing teacher leadership opportunities to highly effective teachers can be an effective strategy for retaining them in the classroom. A definition of teacher leadership is provided, followed by a summary of supporting research on this strategy, state policy examples and considerations for policymakers.

 PUBLISHED: April 27, 2016




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