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Investments in principals are investments in teachers

By Frederick Brown
October 2022
There’s no doubt about it — this is a challenging time to be an educator. With the disruption of the pandemic, school safety concerns, political tensions about what teachers should teach, student trauma, and more, it’s no wonder that teachers are reporting high levels of stress, burnout, and thoughts about leaving the profession. Recent reports have presented contradictory conclusions about whether “teacher shortage” is the right phrase to describe what’s happening in the teaching profession today. But what’s clear is that our schools have an acute need to identify, hire, support, and retain more qualified teachers — especially teachers of color, whose numbers are far from representative of the students they serve. More than half of schools in a recent nationally representative study reported that

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