Building the pipeline

December 2020
Vol. 41, No. 6

Excellent educators are made, not born, and it takes a system-wide approach to build the workforce. This issue examines how to build a strong, diverse pipeline from pre-service and induction to expert practice and leadership. It highlights the roles of K-12 systems, higher education, government, and non-profit organizations.


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 Strengthening the educator pipeline takes shared responsibility

Shared responsibility means more than each of us doing our own part.

To achieve equity, build a diverse workforce

We must prioritize equity and inclusion of diverse teachers and leaders.

Mentors make a difference

New teachers benefit from Louisiana mentor program.

Louisiana’s mentor program, by the numbers

Infographic shows the reach and impact of Learning Forward’s mentoring program.

 Helping hands for new teachers

Induction program builds a university-classroom bridge in South Carolina.

 Open the door to diversity

Teacher residencies in urban schools boost retention and achievement.

 Pathway for paraeducators

Boston project fosters growth of paraeducators in math classrooms.

 Teacher leaders create their own jobs

Penn State’s program helps teachers forge new roles in instructional leadership.

 Teachers find their voice

Kansas academy boosts teachers’ confidence, capacity, and leadership skills.

Leadership, redefined and redesigned

University-district partnership takes a new approach to principal prep.

 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Aspiring teachers turn to video

With schools closed, teacher candidates use a video observation tool in place of field work.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: District leaders grow with new curriculum

Nebraska administrators learn to lead a cohesive vision of mathematics teaching.


A new paradigm for collaboration

Create an online space focused on continuous improvement and equity with the Virtual Network Support Tool.

Through the lens

How this issue’s articles embody the Standards for Professional Learning.


 High-quality mentoring increases teacher effectiveness

Study finds new teachers are more effective when they had a strong mentor during pre-service.

 Data points

The latest on principal coaching, alternative certification, improving online meetings, and more.


Frederick Brown and Paul Fleming

Call to action

Learning Forward puts equity front and center


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