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Coming Together to Build and Sustain an Effective Teacher Workforce in DC: Lessons from the DC Staffing Data Collaborative

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

In 2015, OSSE launched the DC Staffing Data Collaborative (the Collaborative) - a partnership between OSSE, local education agencies who opted to participate, and TNTP, a national non-profit serving as a research partner. The goal of the Collaborative is simple but bold: help LEAs develop effective strategies to attract, develop, and retain great teachers to serve their students through robust analysis of staffing data from across the District. Participating LEAs receive regular reports on targeted and timely topics, such as school culture, staffing, performance evaluation, and differential retention, as well as opportunities to come together to collaborate around shared talent priorities. 

The first report on the work of the Collaborative, Coming Together to Build and Sustain an Effective Teacher Workforce in DC, captures initial citywide findings based on three years of rich faculty and staffing data that inform and provide actionable steps on how to improve talent across the District. Findings include insights on the importance of instructional culture, teacher perception of school leadership, and the link between professional development and teacher effectiveness ratings. 

In the immediate future, the Collaborative is expanding to include educator preparation programs in an effort to improve understanding of teacher pipeline challenges and effectiveness of new teachers in participating schools. More broadly, the Collaborative will work with both educator preparation programs and partner LEAs to understand how the District can ensure it attracts, prepares, hires, and retains the effective teachers all students need.