Why teacher diversity matters in Michigan

By cori

Education experts have long talked about the importance of high quality, highly effective teaching. But as teachers head back to their classrooms to start another school year, we must ask what it means to effectively teach and how we should measure effectiveness.

One source of measurement – the 2013-2014 Educator Effectiveness Report from MI School Data, a report summarizing how Michigan school districts rate the effectiveness of their teachers and administrators – shows we have significant room for improvement in Michigan. Of the state's 95,885 teachers in 2013-2014, 38 percent were ranked highly effective, 59 percent effective, 2 percent minimally effective, and 1 percent ineffective.

“This should be the biggest thing we talk about,” says Michelle Richard, senior education consultant at Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing-based public policy firm that recently released the report "Building a Brighter Future: Recommendations for How to Improve Michigan’s Education System."

"What we’ve learned is that teachers have tremendous impact, and so a conversation about what makes an effective teacher is important."

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