Developing Education Talent Pipelines for Charter Schools

Strong teachers and leaders are undoubtedly critical to the
success of any school system; research has repeatedly suggested that school
leadership is second only behind classroom instruction in its impact on student
learning. The autonomous nature of charter schools makes the need for strong
school leadership even more crucial. Charter school advocates who are trying to
increase the number of quality charter schools and replicate high-performing
schools must consider not only how they are going to retain talented
individuals, but also how to support a talent pipeline.

A recent report
by Public Impact, with the help of Foundation Strategy Group (a social impact
consulting firm), identifies six indicators that have the biggest impact on
recruiting and retaining highly effective teachers and leaders. The report
draws from two cities, New Orleans and Indianapolis, to demonstrate how these
indicators are being used successfully in practice: 

  1.  A facilitator that focuses specifically on
    the talent pipeline:
    A strong facilitator that is a locally-based entity
    can help to identify gaps in the talent supply for charters and determine ways
    to fill those gaps. Examples of facilitators include New Schools for New
    Orleans and the Mind Trust in Indianapolis.
  2.  Local and national talent providers: Organizations
    such as Teach For America, The New Teacher Project, and New Leaders for New
    Schools provide help in recruiting highly effective teachers and leaders, and
    also provide them with ongoing development and support.
  3.  Political support: Having political
    supporters who will advocate on behalf of human resource policies and equal
    funding for charter schools is a crucial piece in order to create a sustainable
    pipeline of talent.

Both New Orleans and Indianapolis are utilizing a
combination of the indicators mentioned above and have seen tremendous results.
In 2011 Indianapolis charter school students were outperforming their peers in
traditional schools. New Orleans charter schools continually outperform
district-run schools, and over a dozen of their charter schools have
demonstrated exemplary growth, the state’s highest rating.

Creating a teacher and leader pipeline is a difficult task
and one that Ohio must think more seriously about developing. Ohio also faces
challenges such as gaining political support, recruiting national talent
providers to the state, and raising philanthropic support.

Education Talent Pipelines for Charter Schools
Public Impact
Daniela Doyle and
Lucy Steiner

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