Improving the Context for Teachers' Work Is the Key to Teaching Quality

NAEDNAEDA New Report from the National Academy of Education "Good Teaching Matters," released October 30, 2009 argues that the quality of education is not simply determined by an individual teacher's knowledge or ability, but also by the context in which teachers work. Improving teacher quality thus entails policies concerning recruitment, early preparation, retention (including attention to working conditions) as well as professional development. The report suggests that retention is the "sleeping giant" crisis, not just recruitment, and makes four broad recommendations for what school districts must do to improve the context for teaching quality.