New Tools for Strong Schools
Across the country, pioneering schools are getting great results despite incredible challenges. Yet we too rarely take the opportunity to learn from their success.
TNTP is pleased to release new research and resources that illuminate what these schools do differently, and provide district and school leaders with the tools they need to do the same.
Greenhouse Schools: How Schools Can Build Cultures Where Teachers and Students Thrive
TNTP’s new report, Greenhouse Schools, explains how feedback and other components of instructional culture create schools where great teachers want to work. We surveyed thousands of teachers in 250 schools nationwide to identify high-performing “greenhouse schools”—those that keep more top teachers and get better results for students compared to schools that serve the same student populations. Then we took a close look at what leaders at these schools were doing differently.
The short answer: greenhouse schools prioritize great teaching above all else. They do it by hiring selectively, setting high expectations, giving teachers regular opportunities to collaborate, and making smart decisions when teachers perform well or poorly. It’s a roadmap any committed school leader can follow and any committed district leader can support.
Teacher Talent Toolbox: Open Source Tools for Innovative Schools
The Teacher Talent Toolbox is a comprehensive library of proven tools and resources for building a thriving teaching team. The newly-expanded Toolbox includes more than 250 free resources—from job postings to teacher growth plans to trainings for principals—from three-dozen innovative schools, charter networks, districts and states.
Tailored to the needs of schools serving high-poverty communities, these tools address six critical areas of teacher talent management: recruitment, evaluation, teacher development, retention, accountability and building a professional culture. Recommendations from TNTP in each area – informed by more than 1,000 teachers and school leaders – are paired with tools for immediate download. There’s no other resource like it.