Teacher Human Capital Pipeline

How states and districts develop robust human capital pipelines

Staffing schools with effective teachers and leaders is a critical challenge for US public schools, particularly those that serve high proportions of low-income students. A range of policies affect staffing issues – from policies that determine or influence who enters the teaching profession and who is licensed to teach in certain states to those that influence whether teachers choose to remain in their classrooms or leave their schools or the profession. This strand seeks to understand all aspects of the human capital pipeline that bear on staffing schools with highly effective educators. The Center will include research related to pathways into teaching, teacher education, teacher hiring, and teacher retention.

Current Projects

RI Teacher Pipeline

Leveraging the district-state-research partnership with RIDE and PPSD, we work to both generate actionable insights that inform policymaking locally and to build knowledge for practitioners and researchers across the nation. We explore teacher staffing issues in more comprehensive ways than most past research. Recent research has tended to focus on one aspect of these systems; for example, many studies have assessed teacher preparation pipelines, alternative pathways, teacher hiring, or teacher retention. However, few studies take a holistic view, documenting how each of these elements intersect and interact to create systemic challenges ripe for policy intervention. Our goal is a systematic assessment of the teacher pipeline to better understand the role of multiple factors in producing the current workforce and to better assess the potential for interventions throughout the pipeline to improve the diversity and expertise of teachers. Our state-district partnership enables us to explore both sides of this equation simultaneously, identifying not only the importance of each factor in the moment, but also the interactions among factors. When one element changes, how does that change the other elements? This information is relevant for understanding labor markets and for developing policy approaches for improvement.