A report by District of Columbia Public Schools on how they focused on attracting, growing, and retaining great teachers and principals.

Introduction

Great schools start with great people. No matter where you go, when you see students inspired to reach for their dreams, you invariably encounter a visionary leader, expert teachers, and dedicated support staff. So that’s what we set out to achieve—in all of our schools—almost a decade ago.

We were fortunate to be able to begin this work in 2007 by standing on the shoulders of the thousands of talented educators who have been working tirelessly on behalf of D.C. students for decades—people like 2011 Principal of the Year Maria Tukeva, who, as of this writing, has served DCPS brilliantly for 35 years.

But we also realized we needed to do more to get, grow, and keep great teachers and principals. So we took a hard look at all of our policies and practices related to talent—from recruitment all the way to retirement—and began to sketch a roadmap for the future. Our goal: An outstanding teacher for every classroom, and an outstanding principal for every school.

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