Great teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, so it is critical to pay close attention to how we train and support both new and experienced educators.
Research shows that effective teachers are the most important factor contributing to student achievement. Although curricula, reduced class size, district funding, family and community involvement all contribute to school improvement and student achievement, the most influential factor is the teacher. Choosing effective teachers is critically important for schools trying to improve their performance.
In many communities, teachers lack resources, continuing education and even livable wages. With the success of our teachers directly effecting the success of the students they instruct, we must remember to focus on ways we can improve the ability for teachers to reach and maintain student participation and improve on their established teaching styles to create the most effective learning environment possible.